Private Pilot Licence (PPL) Overview

Commercial Pilot Licence

Private Pilot Licence (PPL) allows you to fly an aircraft on your own, anywhere in Australia, up to 5,700 kg whilst carrying passengers. You can also legally share the aircraft hiring cost with your passengers, however you cannot fly for hire or reward unless you have a commercial pilot licence. Prior to commencing a PPL course you must pass a class 2 medical exam and hold or be eligible to hold an aviation security identification card (ASIC).

The PPL course is usually completed in 8 weeks and is also available on a part time basis. This however, can vary due to factors such as weather conditions and student progress. The course is conducted at our Pilot Academy located on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia and consists of both ground and flight instruction. Students will have access to our state of the art facilities and will conduct the flight training portion of the program in our Cessna172.

Private Pilot License (PPL) Course Information

To be eligible to hold a PPL you must:

  • Pass a Class 2 medical exam or Basic Class 2 Medical
  • Be at least 17 years of age
  • Meet the aeronautical experience requirements
  • Pass the PPL written exam
  • Speak, read and understand English at a minimum of aviation level 4 English
  • proficiency
  • Have gained a minimum of 40 hours
  • Have passed a flight test

Theoretical Knowledge

The theory component of the PPL course is self-study which includes subjects such as flight rules & airlaw, aerodynamics, meteorology, navigation, flight planning, powerplants, aircraft systems and other relevant subjects.

Flight Options instructors will assist with theory reviews prior to various exams.


Prior to the flight test, the Flight Options syllabus hours need to be achieved. These hours have been designed to ensure the competencies for the PPL as stated in the CASA Part 61–Manual of Standards are attained.

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