This page provides you with a detailed breakdown of the Private Pilot Licence (PPL) Course. For general information about learning to fly with Airborne Aviation visit our Learn To Fly section.
A Private Pilot Licence (PPL) allows you to fly "in command" anywhere in Australia, and many parts of the world. This course typically runs on a one-to-one basis or a full time basis. For the full time basis, the course duration is 16 weeks.
You may not charge for your services as a pilot without holding a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL), but you are permitted to cost share with your passengers to split the cost of the aircraft hire.
The Private Pilot Licence (PPL) course comprises of two main stages:
- Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL)
- Private Pilot Licence (PPL)
Flight Training and Experience Requirements
Aeronautical experience requirements for the issue of an Private Pilot Licence are detailed in Civil Aviation Safety Regulation (CASR) Part 61. The requirements are as follows:
40 hours total flight time, which includes:
- 5 hours of general flight as pilot-in-command (PIC)
- 5 hours cross-country as PIC
- 2 hours instrument flight
Flight training is undertaken to ensure standards meet or exceed the private pilot standard specified in the Part 61 Manual of Standards (MoS). This syllabus incorporates the Australian National Competency Standards for Private Pilots.
With the extensive competencies that need to be met, and to receive a licence with endorsements to fly in all airspace types, a student without prior flying experience could not expect to meet these standards in 40 hours. A realistic target for budgeting purposes is 55-65 hours to be adequately prepared for the PPL flight test. The exact number of hours you will require are dependant on the frequency at which you have lessons, and your skill level.
The two stages to obtaining your PPL are as follows:
In addition to the flight training and experience the following requirements you must:
- Be at least 17 years of age to be issued a PPL
- Pass a Class 2 Medical examination - refer to the CASA web site
Private Pilot Licence (PPL) Exam Structure
There is one exam which you will undertake while on the way to your PPL.
- Private Pilot Licence PPL(A) Exam
Private Pilot Licence Course Estimate
Many students with no aspirations of seeking employment as a "commercial pilot" elect to obtain their Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL). There are a number of reasons why:
- GST free flying up to 150 hours, including recreational flying
- Your flying hours as a private pilot can be put towards a CPL and is GST free
- Increased flying proficiency and knowledge, making you a better pilot
- A number of advanced ratings can be included within the 150 hours
- There is no set time period to obtain a CPL - do it at your own pace
When you commence your training with Airborne Aviation if you tell us of your intent to obtain a CPL in the future your flying training is GST free. There are no lock in contracts and no time constraints.
Below is an estimate of the costs for a PPL based on list pricing at 22nd December 2016. Courses typically run on a one-to-one basis and are designed to fit in to both your schedule and budget constraints.
On completion of your Private Pilot Licence you could consider undertaking any of the following courses to increase your knowledge, skills, options - and for the fun of it!
- Night VFR Rating
- Aerobatic Rating
- Multi-Engine Class Rating
- Tailwheel Endorsement
- Constant Speed Unit (CSU) Endorsement
- Retractable Undercarriage Endorsement
- Command Instrument Rating
- Commercial Pilot Licence Course
Why Airborne Aviation?
Selecting a flying training organisation is an important step when making the decision to learn to fly or when upgrading your qualifications.
Visit our Why Airborne page to see what differentiates us from the competition.
Most commonly asked questions can be found in our Frequently Asked Questions page.
If you have any questions or would like to get started please do not hesitate to contact us.