PPL - Private Pilot License


Private Pilot Licence

Students with Piper Dakota VH-LJK at Leigh Creek during PPL Training The Private Pilot's Licence allows you to fly solo anywhere in Australia in visual daylight flying conditions (VMC - Visual Meteorological Conditions) with passengers. The PPL opens your way to many happy hours of flying - whether they be scenic flights over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, outback trips to Ayres Rock or fishing trips to the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Obtaining a PPL is a significant achievement for a pilot. During pilot training you will be competent in general flying handling skills, flight planning, weather forecast interpretation, and cross-country navigation.

In addition to the minimum 20 hours (including 5 hours PIC) required for the GFPT, a further minimum of 20 hours must be flown to qualify for a PPL, of which 5 hours is Pilot-in-Command on cross country flying.

Although CASA requires a minimum of 40 hoursof pilot training, almost every pilot will require more hours. Why? Factors influencing how may hours required to become a pilot include:

* Pilot skill
* The frequency of flying - every day or once a fortnight?
* Where you conduct your training may determine how much you can achieve in each 1 hour

A PPL will take approximately 25 hours to complete - this includes both dual training and solo navigation and general flying exercises. These times are in addition to those required for the GFPT.

To acquire a PPL you must be at least 17 years of age, pass your theory exam and pass a flight test with our Approved Testing Officer.

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