Recreational Pilot Licence Overview

Recreational Pilot Licence RPL at Flight Options

The Recreational Pilots licence is a great starting point for those who want to fulfil their dream of taking to the skies. The RPL is designed to take you from zero flying experience all the way through to getting your first pilots licence. The RPL is issued by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and it allows the holder to fly general aviation aircraft to 1500 kg and within 25 nm.

The RPL course is usually completed in 4 weeks full time, but 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 Cessna 172.

Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL) Course Information

To be eligible to hold an RPL you must:

  • Pass a Basic Class 2 medical
  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Meet the aeronautical experience requirements
  • Pass the RPL written exam
  • Have gained a minimum of 25 hours flight time
  • Passed a flight test

Theoretical Knowledge

The theory component of the RPL course is self-study. 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 RPL as stated in the CASA Part 61 – Manual of Standards are attained.

Our course consists of 30 hours flying that includes 5 hours solo time and flight test.