Private Pilot 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 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.

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