Anyone can start learning to fly at any age, however, to be eligible to fly the aircraft solo you need to be at least 15 years old. Younger students need to be old enough to reach the rudder pedals and more senior students (over the age 75) will need a doctor’s medical stating you are fit enough to operate a vehicle.
DO I NEED A CASA MEDICAL?
Only if you are over the age of 75 years of age will you need a doctors’ medical stating you are fit enough to drive a motor vehicle. The basic RAAus standard is that if you’re fit enough to drive a motor vehicle, you’re fit enough to fly a plane. RAAus does not require pilots to have a CASA-issued medical to fly recreationally.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF PILOT LICENCES?
These are your basic licenses:
RPC - Recreational Pilots Certificate (RAAus), or RPL – Recreational Pilot Licence (CASA)
PPL - Private Pilots’ License
CPL - Commercial Pilots’ License
At Adventure Flight Training, we specialise in the issuing of Recreational Pilots Certificate
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CASA AND RAAUS?
CASA is Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority which overseas and governs all civil and general aviation. This includes pilot licencing, commercial operations, aircraft registrations and safety. RAAus is the Recreational Aviation governing body which oversees all recreational aviation.
RPC OR RPL? WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
The RPC is equivalent to the RPL. The RPC is a Recreational Pilots Certificate and is the RAAus-issued licence for recreational flying. RPL is the CASA-issued Recreational Pilot Licence, and is part of the General Aviation sector. Getting a CASA-issued RPL is usually the first step in attaining a commercial or private pilots licence. Adventure Flight Training certification is conducted under RAAus, however your RPC is convertible to CASA, should you choose to pursue a career in aviation, or progress to a commercial or private pilot licence.
HOW DO I CONVERT MY RPC TO RPL?
An RPC is the equivalent of an RPL and with navigation and passenger endorsements, you are subject to the same regulations and processes as under CASA. However if you are wanting to convert your RPC, the process is simple. You need to apply through CASA to complete the conversion, along with any additional endorsements you may have under RAAus. You will then need to conduct a familiarisation and review flight with a CASA-endorsed Instructor to finalise the conversion. The whole in-flight component of the conversion process takes 4 hours.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO GET MY RPC?
The minimum number of hours you can have logged before you’re eligible to sit your final practical flight examination is 25 hours (20 hours dual and 5 hours under supervised solo). However, most students will be ready to go solo at about 30-40 hours. Everyone learns at a different pace. The training is competency-based. It's not how fast you are, but how safe you are. At Adventure Flight Training, our priority is on the development of you as a safe, competent and capable pilot, not the timeframe it takes you to go solo.
WHAT IS THE WEIGHT LIMIT?
The RAAus weight limit to go solo is 110kgs.
DO I NEED TO PAY ALL THE COSTS UPFRONT?
No, Adventure Flight Training provides multiple options for payment. Pay-as-you-go allows you to pay for the hours you fly, as you fly. Package rates of $3000 upfront provides you with a discount of $300 for any 10 hour blocks of flight training. Interest-free financing options are also available. (Please enquire within).
ARE THE PILOTS AND AIRCRAFT INSURED?
Absolutely. Adventure Flight Training is comprehensively insured through QBE. Public liability insurance exists through RAAus memberships.
HOW SAFE IS RECREATIONAL FLYING?
Flying is one of the safest modes of transport, and flying a light sports aircraft is one of the most exciting and fun! At Adventure Flight Training, our number one priority is making sure we create safe, capable and competent pilots. All of our Instructors and school sites are subject to rigorous testing and inspection under RAAus, to ensure the highest standard of safety, and our aircraft are scrupulously maintained and inspected to make sure you are safe as a passenger and a student.
I USED TO HAVE MY RPC BUT I AM NO LONGER CURRENT. WHAT IS THE PROCESS TO RE-ACTIVATE MY LICENCE?
We will need you to bring you RAAus membership up to date: Then book in a flight with us to get your self current, we just want to make sure your a safe Pilot once again.