Recreational Pilot Licence

Recreational Pilot Licence 

Recreational Pilot Licence

Your Ticket to Freedom
You can enjoy affordable and safe flying in a supportive and fun environment with PathFinder Aviation. Your Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL) will give you the freedom to take family and friends flying locally within 25 Nautical Miles of the aerodrome in a typical 2 or 4-seat aircraft.

Your RPL is an important stepping stone to your Private Pilot Licence or even your Commercial Licence.

RPL Training Program
Your continued enjoyment of flying is contingent on not just being able to fly an aircraft but also, to safely operate an aircraft in complex real-world situations. Your training will focus on your knowledge, preparation, situational awareness, judgement and decision making, to ensure that you build the strongest foundation for your continued flying and development.

The syllabus includes sufficient flying for a typical part-time student to develop into a well-rounded pilot. Fixed price lessons allow you to budget and you have the flexibility to complete the Training Program at your pace. You can commence your RPL Training Program at any time, but you must be at least 15 years of age to go solo and 16 years of age to complete your Recreational Pilot Licence.

Pathway 1 – Cessna 172 (You need to be 155cm – 200cm tall and maximum 120kg)
Do your training in the 4-seat Cessna 172 and pass your Flight Test to obtain your RPL. This option is great if you are in a hurry or too big for the Sling and Tomahawk. This option will give you the most time in the Cessna 172 and you will be proficient and comfortable in this aircraft.

Pathway 2 – Piper Tomahawk (You need to be 155cm – 195cm tall and maximum 90kg)
Do your training in the 2-seat Piper Tomahawk and pass your Flight Test to obtain your RPL. This option is great if you are going to continue your training in other Piper aircraft.

Pathway 3 – Sling 2 & Cessna 172 (You need to be 155cm – 195cm tall and maximum 90kg)
Commence your training in the Sling 2 and obtain your recreational Pilot Certificate. Then transition over to the Cessna 172 to complete your RPL Flight Review. This is the best option if you are looking to continue to your CPL as it will give you the most time in your logbook and allows you to hour build towards your CPL in the more economical recreational aircraft.

Pathway 4 – Sling 2 & Piper Tomahawk (You need to be 155cm – 195cm and max 90kg)
Commence your training in the Sling 2 and obtain your recreational Pilot Certificate. Then transition over to the Piper Tomahawk to complete your RPL Flight Review.

Recreational Pilot Licence Cessna 172 Tomahawk Sling 2 & Cessna 172 Sling 2 & Tomahawk
38* Fixed Price Lessons in Cessna [email protected] $497 18,886 
37* Fixed Price Lessons in Piper Tomahawk @ $467 17,279 
36* Fixed Price Lessons in Sling 2 @ $417 15,012  15,012 
5 Theory Lessons @ $261 / lesson 1,305 1,305  1,305  1,305 
Simulator Lesson (Basic Instrument Flying) 377   377  377  377 
Student Starter Kit (textbooks, logbook & manuals)  397  397  397  397 
 CASA RPL Theory Exam 164  164  164  164 
 Recreational Pilot Licence Flight Test & CASA fee 1,377  1,277 
 RA-Aus Student Membership 237  237 
Pilot Certificate Flight Test & RA-Aus Processing Fee 626  626 
7* Conversion Lessons to Cessna 172 @ $497 3,479 
6* Conversion Lessons to Piper Tomahawk @ $467 2,982 
RPL Flight Review & CASA Licence Fee 607  547 
 CASA Class 2 Medical Exam & CASA Processing Fee 314  314  314  314 
 ASIC Security Card  274  274  274  274 
 General English Language Proficiency Test 110  110  110  110 
Typical Total RPL Cost $23,204  $21,497  $22,902  $22,345 
Typical Total RPL Hours 41* hrs  40* hrs  49* hrs  48* hrs 

*The syllabus and testing required to be awarded your RPL is competency based and the actual hours taken to achieve competency will vary depending on your natural ability, individual rate of learning, frequency of lessons and your preparation and study between lessons. It may take you more or less time.

Prices are current as at 1 January 2020, and are subject to change.

Your Next Steps
• Book your Discovery Flight to experience the joy of flying first hand.
• Book a time to meet with a Senior Instructor so that we can best understand your needs, discover your passion and dreams and help you understand the best training pathway for you.

Further Opportunities
• Private Pilot Licence for freedom to see the world.
• Recreational Flight Instructor Rating to launch your career.
• Night Rating (NVFR) for flexibility to fly at night.
• Commercial Pilot Licence will give you control of your charter or airline career.