The Private Pilot Licence (PPL) allows you to fly solo anywhere in Australia in visual daylight flying conditions (VMC – Visual Meteorological Conditions) with passengers.
The Private Pilot License (PPL) opens your way to many happy hours of flying – whether they be scenic flights over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, outback trips to Uluru / Ayres Rock or fishing trips to the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Obtaining a Private Pilot License (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.
A total minimum of 40 hours must be flown to qualify for a Private Pilot License (PPL). This includes the 20 hours already flown to qualify for the GFPT. Of these 40 hours, a minimum of 10 hours will be flown as the solo pilot in command.
Although CASA requires a minimum of 40 hours of 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 month?
- Where you conduct your training may determine how much you can achieve in each 1 hour
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.