Tips for Your Private Pilot Course (PPL Theory)

Bunbury Flying School is the flight training division of Southern Aviation, and our recreational and commercial training courses are the best Western Australia has to offer. After years of training the pilots of tomorrow, we’ve learnt a thing or two about teaching students how to fly. Our approach to Piloting education combines our expertise on theoretical and practical flying principles and has a keen focus on making every one of our students ready to operate an aeroplane safely and efficiently. 

One of our most popular licences is our Private Pilot Course. To complete this certification, you will need to sit a PPL theory exam. The exam consists of around 40 multiple-choice questions that are designed to test your new found aviation knowledge.

Sitting an exam, regardless of how knowledgeable and prepared you are, can be daunting, which is why we’ve put together our top tips to help you prepare.

Step One – Book Your Exam Well in Advance

Much like when you go for your car driver’s licence, before you can take your PPL flight test, you need to have passed the theory exam. To ensure you don’t get stuck with a date that won’t allow for a retest if for whatever reason you don’t pass, get in early and book a date in advance. This way, if your first attempt is unsuccessful you will have time to re-sit the exam before your flight test.

Step Two – Study as if You’re the Teacher

If you can confidently explain a theoretical concept to someone else, and answer any questions they have without hesitation, you will be ready to take your PPL theory exam.

If you find there’s an area you can’t explain clearly to someone else, you will know which topics you need to focus on in the lead up to your test.

Step Three- Practice Your PPL Exam at a CPL Level

Practice makes perfect, and as such, try to take as many practice exams as possible in exam conditions. Avoid cheating, time yourself, and switch off any distractions. This will give you an indication of how well you’ll do on the day. Also try practicing your test at a Commercial Pilot Licence level, as it will help you build extra knowledge and confidence that will help you achieve good results on your exam.

Step Four – Learn Your Documents Inside Out

A lot of questions about regulations in the PPL theory exam are formulated based on information that can be found in the documents you are allowed to take into the exam. Make sure you know where to find things in them so you don’t get caught out on the day of your test.

Preparation is key if you want to do well on your PPL test, so make sure you study hard, and you’ll have no trouble passing. If you’re thinking about enrolling in our Private Pilot course, and we hope you are, contact the team at Bunbury Flying School today.

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