Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL)

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.

Student and instructorPar Avion Cessna 172Student and instructor in cockpit