Recreational Pilot Licence

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.

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.

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

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 purchased 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.

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 as pilot in command.
  • Hold a valid medical certificate


Based on minimum hours, the cost for a pilot to complete the RPL is expected to be $10,000 (including GST). For the GST free course see the Commercial Pilot Licence.

Contact us to discuss your training. We have flexible options to suit your time and budget.

Where to from here?

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.

Private Pilot Licence

Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL)

Once you have 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.

There is much to learn and experience; and all the benefits of a 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.

Flight Training

The structure of the navigation training for the PPL is quite different to the RPL.

Each training exercise is an extended cross-country flight of between 2 and 4 hours. These flights take you all around Tasmania, to both licenced and unlicensed aerodromes, as well as a 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

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.

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 medical certificate


Based on the minimum hours, the cost to complete the full PPL, including the RPL, is approximately $20,000 (including GST). For the GST free course see Commercial Pilot Licence.

Contact us to discuss your PPL training program. We have flexible options to suit your time and budget.

Where to from here?

On completion of the PPL you may want to simply enjoy your new freedom, or move up to a more sophisticated aircraft, undertake Night VFR training, general instrument navigation aid orientation or a full Command Instrument Rating allowing you to fly in all weather conditions.

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.

Par Avion Flight Training has many options to help you develop your flying skills and career.

Commercial Pilot Licence

The Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) enables you to fly as the pilot in command of a single engine aircraft, or as the co-pilot of a multi-crew aircraft conducting commercial operations within Australia.

The CPL is a key step in your aviation career and will open doors to many opportunities across aviation. Take advantage of the benefits that Par Avion Flight Training (PAFT) offers you as you undertake this challenging and fulfilling step in your career.


The Commercial Pilot Licence may be conducted as a full time course over 10 months or part time – whichever suits your needs. On completion of the course you will have a minimum of 153.0 hours of flight training which includes the Private Pilot Licence.

If you already have a Private Pilot License (PPL) we can tailor the CPL course accordingly for you.

There are seven theory subjects to complete for the CPL, each based on topics already encountered during the PPL. The study for each subject can be undertaken as self paced learning or as a structured course conducted by our instructors.

How do I get my CPL?

  • You must be at least 18 years old to get your CPL.
  • Pass a CPL theory exam and flight test.
  • Meet the minimum aeronautical experience requirements of 150 hours.
  • Hold a valid medical certificate.


Please contact us to enquire about current costs.

Where to from here?

Upon successful completion of the Commercial Pilot Licence course most candidates will be looking to gain employment within the aviation sector. PAFT can provide more advanced training for those looking to further their skills such as a Multi-Engine Endorsement and Command Instrument Rating, or for those looking to pass their skills on to others – a Flight Instructor Rating.