Recreational Pilot Licence

The Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL) is the first step of your piloting journey. In this course you will learn the basics of controlling an aeroplane, executing different procedures and the theory of flight.

Our experienced and friendly team of instructors will guide you to becoming a true professional. We pride ourselves on our diverse skill sets, and our approach to the safety and education of our students.

Course Overview

The RPL is your first step to an exhilarating career or life-long passion in the aviation industry. The requirements for an RPL are as follows:

  • Be at least 16 years old (at the time of sitting your licence test)
  • Have a Class 1, 2, or 5 medical certificate, or a recreational aviation medical (conditions apply)
  • Have 25 hours flight time (comprising 20 hours dual and 5 hours solo)
  • Pass the RPL(A) Knowledge Exam
  • Pass a flight test

RPL holders are allowed to fly up to 25nm from the aerodrome where the flight began, the designated training area, or a direct route between the two, in day VFR private operations in a single engine aircraft. For those looking to further their aviation career, the RPL is also the gateway licence needed before moving onto other flight skills such as long distance Navigation. The RPL is a prerequisite for the Private and Commercial Pilot Licences

This course can be done at your own pace – from full time to one day a week. Our instructors can tailor a personalised program that gives you maximum value for money and an enjoyable learning experience balancing both theory and practical elements.

For CASA information on the RPL Licence, visit the CASA website.



Flight Hours Rate Total
Dual Training
Solo Training
RPL Flight Test
  • Phoenix Aero Club members (excluding Social) enjoy a $30/h discount on all aircraft hire rates, which has been included in the above calculations.
  • Additional training may be needed to reach the required flight test standard. This should only be used as an indicative guide with reference to minimum hour requirements for each level of licence, at the current aircraft hiring rates.
  • Prices quoted DO NOT include tower and movement fees in hiring rates. These are calculated per flight, rather than per flight hour, and can be found on our aircraft hiring rates.