Private Pilot Licence (PPL) course

Get your private licence and experience the full freedom of flight and privileges of being pilot-in-command


There is much to learn and experience; and all the benefits of a Private Pilot Licence (PPL) await you. Once you’ve attained the PPL you will be permitted to carry passengers anywhere in Australia, giving you extensive freedom and a new way to travel and explore the country.

Already have a Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL)?

If you’ve already progressed through the initial stage of learning to fly by passing the Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL), you’ll be ready for the challenge of training for the full Private Pilot’s Licence. You’ll now be able to “break free” from the local airport and training area and begin navigation training to other airports and regions, under the close guidance of our flight instructors. We’ll tailor this PPL course (and the fees) to take account of your RPL licence and the flying hours you already have.


If you don’t already have an RPL – don’t worry! It’s fully included as the first stage of this course.

How do I get my PPL?

  • You must be at least 17 years old to get your PPL
  • Pass a PPL theory exam and flight test
  • Meet the minimum aeronautical experience requirements which can vary slightly as to how your training is structured, however approximately around 45-50 hours (minimum of 35 hours)
  • Hold a valid class 1 or class 2 aviation medical certificate

Why do your flying training with us?

Find out more about the Par Avion difference.

About the flight training

The structure of the navigation training for the PPL is quite different to the RPL and includes a number of training exercises.


Each training exercise is an extended cross-country flight of between two and four hours. These flights take you all around Tasmania, to both licenced and unlicensed aerodromes, as well as an (optional) trip to Victoria. You will learn how to safely plan and conduct these flights on your own in preparation for the Private Pilot Licence Flight Test.


The minimum requirements for the issue of the PPL are 40 hours total flying experience, however, realistically the time taken is normally closer to 55 hours.

Theory training and exam

The theory component includes subjects such as flight rules and air law, aerodynamics, meteorology, navigation, flight planning, power plants, aircraft systems and other relevant subjects. We provide you with a self-study guide and materials that you can work through at your own pace. Our instructors support your learning as you move through the course and prepare for the exam. We provide theory classes at times that you may wish to take (subject to availability).

There is a single, 3.5 hour, theory examination to pass for the issue of the PPL. This exam, which is set by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), covers all relevant areas of aircraft operations and knowledge.


This course is flexible and can be taken at your pace. It is the equivalent of 12 weeks of full-time training and study (all inclusive). Many students take the course part-time and at a pace that suits them. Our instructors work with you to develop a training plan that is best suited to your needs, schedule and budget.


The amount of training actually required can be influenced by a student’s existing skills and knowledge and the Chief Flying Instructor (or a delegated instructor) will provide appropriate information and study advice on an individual basis.

What is included

  • Flight Training including up to 1:
    • 45 dual hours – Cessna 172
    • 10 solo hours – Cessna 172
    • 1.5 hours – simulator
  • Pre and post-flight briefings
  • Landing fees
  • Theory books and study materials
  • Navigation equipment and pilot gear
  • CASA license and flight testing fees 1


TUITION FEES $25,850.00 1 (indicative) inc GST 2 – covers all of the inclusions (see above)


OTHER EXTERNAL FEES approx. $1235.00 – covers charts and aeronautical documents, theory test, ASIC, aviation medical examination



  • navigation exercise to mainland approx. $250.00
  • headset $360.00
  • pilot uniform set $350.00

Payment options

  • Pay-in-advance
  • Pay-as-you-go
  • Interest-free-payment-plan

Find out more about our payment options

Take the next step

You can begin your application for this course today. It’s quick, easy and our online system will guide you through the steps.


If you’re not ready to apply yet, register your interest with us online. We’ll provide you with further information and updates on the course.


You’re also welcome to contact us – we are happy to answer your questions and provide further information about the Diploma and other training options.

Further options

On completion of the PPL you may want to simply enjoy your new freedom, or move up to a more sophisticated aircraft, undertake an instrument rating to fly in all weather conditions, or get your multi-engine rating. If your Private Pilot Licence has inspired you to follow a career in aviation, then you can go on to train for the issue of a Commercial Pilot Licence.



1 Indicative fees are based on average hours to attain an PPL. Some students may need more flying time and if this is required it is charged at our standard Cessna 172 dual rates on a pay-as-you-go basis.  Fees include one attempt at theory tests and flight tests and if additional attempts are required these further attempts will incur additional fees. Fees are subject to change.

2 Students who attain their PPL as part of the Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) course or the Diploma of Aviation – Commercial Pilot Licence, do not pay GST. This is due to the vocational outcomes of the full CPL courses.

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