Private Pilot Licence (PPL) Course
Private Pilot Licence (PPL) course
Stretch your wings to a full licence
The Private Pilot Licence (PPL) gives you unbridled access to the sky – without the restrictions of the Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL).
Your skills and knowledge will go to the next level as you learn more advanced handling, maneuvers, theory, and cross-country navigation.
You will be permitted to carry passengers anywhere in Australia, giving you extensive freedom and a new way to travel and explore the country.
More privileges, less restrictions
On successful completion of the full course, students will attain a Private Pilot Licence (PPL) issued by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).
The licence allows you to fly as pilot-in-command carrying passengers in visual flight conditions in a single-engine aircraft.
Flight lessons are scheduled at a pace and time to suit your needs, and to support your learning and general progress. Lessons include a pre-flight and post-flight briefing and your instructor will review your progress with you after each lesson.
The structure of the navigation training for the PPL is quite different to the RPL and includes a number of training exercises. Each 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 topics include flight rules and air law, aerodynamics, meteorology, navigation, flight planning, power plants, and aircraft systems – and others.
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 theory exam.
This course does not include theory classes.
To attain the RPL, you will need to :
- pass the PPL theory exam
- pass the PPL flight test
- meet the minimum aeronautical experience requirements which can vary slightly as to how your training is structured – approximately 45-50 hours (minimum of 40 hours).
NOTE: You need to be at least 17 years of age to attain an PPL licence. You can fly solo at age 15 provided you hold a valid medical certificate.
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.
- 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
To apply for the course you must be:
- at least 15 years of age
- prepared to undertake a General English Language Assessment with us.
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 GST is included in the PPL fees. 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.
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 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.
Take the next step ...
Book your learn-to-fly experience and take the controls of a Cessna 172 with one of our instructors.
You’re welcome to contact us – we are happy to answer your questions.
If you’re ready to go, you can begin your application for this course today. It’s quick, easy and our online system will guide you through the steps.