Recreational & Private Pilot Training

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Recreational / Private Pilot Licence
3 months (approx)
$10,000 per month (approx)
Regular intakes
Brisbane, Gold Coast


Basic flight training toward the recreational and Private Pilot Licences is flexible. You can start any time and study part or full time.
The Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL) is the first step in pilot licencing and provides basic training to fly small aeroplanes. The RPL is the first part of the Private Pilot Licence (PPL) which is the first official licence stage for a pilot. Private pilots may fly themselves or passengers for recreational purposes authorisation from their instructor. Private pilots may share operating expenses of the aircraft with their passengers but can not accept payment. To receive payments, a pilot must hold a Commercial Pilot Licence.

Aviation licenses and qualifications received in Australia and New Zealand are considered among the highest standard in the world. Most relevant qualifications are transferable among ICAO member states and usually require only a local law exam and flight test. The Recreational Pilot Licence qualification however, is non-transferable. We strongly recommend that you contact your local aviation authority before booking your training to ensure that you understand the procedures for converting your qualifications if relevant. We do not make any guarantees in relation to the cost and practicalities of licence conversion.

The PPL programme can usually be recognised toward the CPL programme should you wish to continue on to professional pilot training.

IMPORTANT: There is currently NO student visa available for this programme.

Study Units

Following are indicative units of study undertaken throughout the Recreational and Private Pilot Licence course. The exact units are dependent on the provider and your own choices throughout the course. Please note that some units are repeated throughout the programme but at a more advanced level.

English communication in the aviation environment

  • Communicate effectively face to face using clear and precise English
  • Communicate effectively in voice-only R/T communications using standard aviation phraseology

Manage Pre and Post Flight Actions

  • Complete pre and post flight actions
  • Perform pre-flight inspection
  • Complete / certify daily inspection

Operate Radio

  • Use R/T equipment (As applicable to circuit airspace)
  • Maintain R/T equipment
  • Operate transponder

Manage Fuel

  • Plan fuel requirements (Applicable to circuit area)
  • Manage fuel system (Excluding range and endurance and refuelling requirements)
  • Refuel aeroplane

Manage Flight

  • Maintain effective lookout
  • Maintain situation awareness
  • Assess situations and make decisions
  • Set priorities and manage tasks
  • Maintain effective communications and interpersonal relationships

Control Aeroplane on the Ground

  • Start and stop engine
  • Taxi aeroplane

Take-off Aeroplane

  • Carry out pre-take-off procedures
  • Take-off aeroplane (excluding crosswind)
  • Carry out after take-off procedures

Control Aeroplane in Normal flight

  • Climb Aeroplane (excluding maximum rate and angle)
  • Maintain straight and level flight
  • Descend aeroplane
  • Turn aeroplane
  • Control aeroplane at slow speed
  • Perform circuits and approaches (excluding flapless)
  • Comply with airspace requirements (as applicable to airspace)

Land Aeroplane

  • Land aeroplane (excluding crosswind)
  • Perform mishandled landing procedures

Execute Advanced Manoeuvres and Procedures

  • Enter and recover from stall
  • Recover from incipient spin

Manage Abnormal Situations

  • Manage engine failure after take-off
  • Manage engine failure elsewhere in circuit

Operate Radio

  • Use R/T equipment (as applicable to area airspace)
  • Maintain R/T equipment

Take-off Aeroplane

  • Take-off aeroplane (including crosswind)

Manage Fuel

  • Plan fuel requirements (for flight to area)

Navigate Aircraft

  • Comply with airspace procedures (for route and area)
  • Conduct departure procedures
  • Navigate aircraft enroute
  • Execute arrival procedures

Land Aeroplane

  • Land aeroplane (including crosswind)
  • Perform mishandled landing procedures

Execute Advanced Manoeuvres and Procedures

  • Recover from incipient spin
  • Turn aeroplane steeply
  • Sideslip aeroplane

Manage Abnormal Situations

  • Perform forced landing

Manage Pre and Post Flight Actions

  • Complete pre and post flight actions
  • Perform pre-flight inspection

Manage Fuel

  • Plan fuel requirements
  • Manage fuel system
  • Refuel aeroplane

Manage Passengers and Cargo

  • Brief passengers
  • Aid and assist passengers
  • Manage cargo

Threat and Error Management

  • Recognise and manage threats
  • Recognise and manage errors
  • Recognise and manage undesired aircraft state

Execute Advanced Manoeuvres and Procedures

  • Enter and recover from stall
  • Recover from incipient spin
  • Turn aeroplane steeply
  • Sideslip aeroplane
  • Execute short take-off and landing

Manage Abnormal Situations

  • Conduct precautionary search and landing
  • Manage other abnormal situations

Perform Full Instrument Panel Manoeuvres

  • Determine and monitor serviceability of flight instruments and instrument power sources
  • Perform manoeuvres using full instrument panel to re-establish VFR

Recover from Spin (Optional)

  • Recover from spin

Navigate Aircraft

  • Prepare chart and flight plan
  • Comply with airspace procedures
  • Conduct departure procedures
  • Navigate aircraft enroute
  • Navigate at low level and in reduced visibility
  • Perform lost procedure
  • Perform diversion procedure
  • Use radio navigation aids
  • Execute arrival procedures


  • 18 years of age (younger students may apply and will be assessed case by case)
  • Senior high school certificate
  • Upper intermediate English level equal to 5.5 IELTS or higher
  • Good health and eye sight (required to pass aviation medical examinations)
    Colour Deficient Vision (CDV):
    Australia permits CDV pilots to train for and achieve CPL and ATPL qualifications. Some conditions may apply, so please check with us for advice on your specific circumstances.
  • No criminal record (required in order to get Australian aviation security card)

How To Apply

1. Is this the course for you?
Check the course details to make sure this is the course for you. We recommend that you also consult with your local aviation authority to ensure that you understand the cost and procedure for converting your overseas aviation qualifications upon your return home.

2. Are you eligible?
Check the Requirements section to make sure you meet the criteria to enter the course. If you need to upgrade your English or your academic background, no problem, we can package these in.

3. Can you get a visa?
You need to make sure you are eligible to get a suitable visa so visit the website of the Immigration Department of your selected location and check the requirements. Here are the links:

Australia: Click here>>

New Zealand: Click here>>

4. Do you have sufficient funding?
In most cases, you will need to demonstrate that you have plenty of money to afford the course and the cost of living. Aviation training is a major financial investment so please do not undertake the course if this will cause you financial hardship. You should have at least enough money to cover the full cost of the course plus travel and the cost of living and insurance for your entire stay. Please visit our FAQ section for more guidance on this.

5. Apply online
If you are eligible to join this course and you have your funding ready, applying is easy! Our simply online application form includes a Quick Guide section. Please read the guide first so you have everything correctly prepared before applying. After reading the guide, just contact us if you have any questions. Click the "Apply Now" button below to go to the application form and guide.