How To Get A Recreational Pilot Licence
Flying is one of the most addictive activities you can undertake. We are fortunate enough to live in a time where flying has finally become not just a reality, but an everyday transport option.
And attaining a pilot’s license isn’t as unrealistic as you might think.
What are the Requirements to Start Pilot Training?
Before starting training, there are a few requirements for recreational flying in Australia that need to be met. The major hurdles are age and health.
- Applicants for training must be over the age of 16.
- Must be demonstrably skilled in spoken and written English language.
- You are required to present a class 2 medical certificates.
Alternatively, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) allows a ‘Recreational Aviation Medical Practitioner’s Certificate (RAMPC)’. This is a checklist that can be completed by your general practitioner in lieu of a class 2 aviation medical certificate.
What is Involved with Training for a Recreational Pilots Licence?
The Recreational Pilots Licence course at Bunbury Flying School has two major components, theory and practical hours.
Both components of the course are administered at Bunbury Flying School, with the theory taking place on the ground before the day’s flying practical. This allows the cementing of theory in real-world application, and encourages thorough, gradual progression toward your licence.
To qualify at the end of the course, you will need:
- To pass theoretical and practical exams.
- You will also have to log a minimum of 25 hours of flying time.
Like the theory components, the exam is taken at the school. Your practical exam will be given by a CASA-approved examiner and is only available after fulfilling your logged flight hours.
What does a Recreational Pilot Licence Allow me to Do?
Once you have qualified, a Recreational Pilots Licence allows you to fly unsupervised, but with some conditions. These include:
- You may be able to carry passengers however there may be other conditions or restrictions on your licence.
- You can fly during the daytime.
- You can fly single propeller, piston aircraft up to 1500kgs.
- Fly to a maximum of 25 nautical miles from your departure airport.
As long as you adhere to these requirements, you will now be able to take to the skies with your recreational flying licence as often as you like.
What Comes Next?
After qualifying, your pilot licence can receive endorsements that expand the limits of your flying activities. These include access to controlled aerodromes, access to controlled airspace, flight radio operation and the expanded navigation endorsement.
Too few people really understand the power, thrill and serenity of piloting an aircraft. Take the first step today, call us at Bunbury Flying School, and let us guide your training for one of the best experiences the world has to offer.