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Private Pilot Licence (P.P.L)

Private Pilots Licence

Private Pilots Licence

The 2nd Stage: Completion of your Private Pilot Licence (P.P.L.)

Once you have completed the Recreational Pilot Licence (R.P.L) you may then commence navigation training.

The navigation exercises teach you the practical skills and airmanship required for flying safely to distant locations: managing fuel and flight logs; radio communication and transitions through different air space and control zones; unplanned diversions (due to weather etc.); conducting circuits at unfamiliar aerodromes; and landing on different types of surfaces.

You will conduct several navigation exercises, both under instruction and solo, around Victoria to reinforce and consolidate your skills in preparation for the Private Pilot Licence flight test.

Prior to undertaking the PPL test, you must have acquired a minimum of 40 hours of flight time as a pilot – which includes:

  • 5 hours of general flight time as pilot in command
  • 5 hours of cross country flight time as pilot in command
  • 2 hours of instrument flight time

You are also required to pass the PPL theory examination covering the following subjects: flight rules and air law; navigation; performance and flight planning; meteorology; and the principles of flight. PPL theory courses are conducted on a regular basis at our School.

Although the minimum flight time requirement specifies 40 hours, the average pilot is ready to attempt the Private Pilot Licence flight test after approximately 50 hours.

Flight Test

For the flight test, you will demonstrate your skill to the Approved Testing Officer by departing for a round trip with two or more landings / turning points en route. During the test you will show your ability to divert to an alternative location, carry out emergency procedures and demonstrate competent planning and management of the flight (observing all procedures and rules – navigation, radio work, and general airmanship) before successfully completing the flight.

After passing the PPL flight test, you will be issued with a Private Pilot Licence, which authorizes you to fly anywhere within Australia, solo or with private passengers in daytime visual weather conditions. You will no longer require your instructors permission to undertake a flight as pilot in command.

After receiving your PPL you may decide to undertake further training for various aircraft endorsements and/or ratings.

This licence enables the holder to conduct private flights within Australia in good weather by day. The minimum age for the issue of a Private Pilot Licence is 17 years. The applicant must be able to speak, read, write, and comprehend the English language.

Theory Examinations Required

  1. Flight Radio Operators Licence
  2. Private Pilot Licence Theory Exam on:
    • Meteorology
    • Navigation
    • Flight Rules

Estimated Cost* Piper Warior PA-28

Dual Training 25 hrs $8350
Solo Training 7 hrs $1736
Flight Test 1.5 hrs $372
Test Fee $650
Total $11.108.00

*In addition to the above, there are a number of other items that will be required including ;

  • CASA Medical approximately: $300.00
  • Headset $300.00 to $1000.00
  • Moorabbin Airport Access Card $30.00
  • Aviation Security ASIC Card: $220.00 (not mandatory, but recommended)
  • Logbook: $25.00
  • Maps, Charts, Text Books for Self study of Theory Examinations app: $600.00

Note. Above is a cost estimate based upon the minimum training hours required by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority for the issue of a Private Pilots Licence (P.P.L)  It should be emphasized that this is a guide only and is not to be taken as a formal quote since the actual training times required will depend upon many factors, especially personal ability and frequency of training.

Prices are subject to change and are plus GST if applicable. All Landing and Towers fees excluding Ayers Rock, Essendon, Avalon and Capital City Primary Airports are included in the estimate.*

Once you have obtained a Private Pilot Licence what is required to obtain a Commercial Pilots Licence?