Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL) course

Taking the first step towards becoming a fully licensed pilot is a challenging and exciting time.


You may feel a little overwhelmed by what’s ahead of you, but be assured that it’s quite natural to feel that way at first. Our instructors are patient, friendly and highly experienced; and committed to your success as you progress through your learning. You may be surprised how quickly you begin to pick up the skills and knowledge required. Before long you’ll start to gain confidence at the controls and be looking forward to all the benefits and freedom of being a pilot in command.

How do I get my RPL?

  • You need to be at least 16 to get an RPL. You can fly solo at age 15 provided you hold a valid medical certificate.
  • Undertake a general English language assessment
  • Pass an RPL theory exam and flight test
  • Have at least 25 hours flying time including a minimum of 20 hours dual and five hours solo as pilot in command
  • Hold a valid class 1 or class 2 aviation medical certificate

What privileges does an RPL provide?

This licence allows you to fly as Pilot in Command carrying passengers. You are limited to flying in the local area. This training covers all the general handling of the aircraft, including take-off, landing and emergency procedures.

Why do your flying training with us?

Find out more about the Par Avion difference.

Flight training in the course

Each flight lesson will include a pre-flight and post-flight briefing to outline what you will be doing during the air exercise. Your instructor will review your progress with you on completion of each flight lesson.

Theory training and self-study

During the training for your RPL, there are three theory exams. These are the Pre-Solo, Pre-Area Solo Exam and the Basic Aeronautical Knowledge Exam.


A theory training kit is included and provided at the beginning of your course. The kit includes the necessary textbooks that cover the information required to pass the exams in an easy to read and understandable format. There are substantial practice questions throughout the textbooks to help you to gauge your progress. You’ll be able to complete the material through guided self-study, plus you can ask our instructors for help with any concept that you find challenging. You’ll find that the topics you are studying will be used practically in your flight training.


This course is flexible and can be taken at your pace. It is the equivalent of 6 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:
    • 20 dual hours – Cessna 172
    • 5 solo hours – Cessna 172
  • Pre and post-flight briefings
  • Landing fees
  • Study materials
  • CASA license and flight testing fees 1


TUITION FEES $11,550.00 1 (indicative) incl. GST – covers all of the inclusions -see above


OTHER EXTERNAL FEES approx. $690.00 – covers theory test, ASIC, aviation medical examination

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.


A great way to get started and see if flying is for you is to take our Learn to Fly Experience.


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

After passing your RPL you may be content to simply enjoy the freedom of flight in your local area, or, you may choose to go to the next stage and gain the full Private Pilot Licence (PPL). This removes the local area restriction that applies to your RPL and greatly expands your flying horizons.



1 Indicative fees are based on minimum hours to attain an RPL. 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 RPL 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.

Student and instructorPar Avion Cessna 172Student and instructor in cockpit