Recreational Pilot Licence and Recreational Pilot Certificate

While these two levels of qualification are administered by different organisations, they are effectively the same level and offer a seamless transition on to further levels of pilot license. Both are the entry levels for a student pilot flight training.

A Recreational Pilots Licence (RPL) is the ideal starting point for flight training. Completing the initial stage of flight training in a light sport aircraft like the Foxbat A22 is the most efficient and cost effective route for learning to fly. Whether you’re flying in order to get your Private Pilot License and perhaps buy your own plane one day, OR you are wanting a career in aviation; an RPL or RPC will be your first qualification in your new flying life.

The Recreational Pilot Certificate (RPC) is recognised by CASA as the equivalent to a Recreational Pilot Licence. And the hours in a light sport aircraft count directly towards a Recreational Pilot Licence. The difference between the 2 types of qualifications can be confusing so it’s best to talk to us about what might be right for you.

Students are permitted to fly as Pilot in Command (PIC) of a 2 seater aircraft with a max take-off weight (MTOW) of 1500kgs for RPL and 600kgs for RPC, within a boundary of 25 nautical miles from your departure aerodrome. Our course meets all requirements as set by Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and Recreational Aviation Australia (RA Aus).

You’ll need to apply for:

  • RA Aus Membership – Student pilot membership, which is directly payable to RA Aus for issuing of the Pilot Certificate and third party insurance for a period of 12 months.
  • ARN – specifically if you decide to get the RPL rather than the RPC. When you apply for an ARN CASA also require you to apply for an ASIC at the same time. There are forms you complete and send in from the CASA website.
  • Recreational Medical Certificate – to fly solo and to exercise the privileges of a RPL. These are conducted by your GP and you need to take a form from the CASA website for them to complete and send to CASA.
  • Medical for RPC – you just need to have a current drivers license. And if you don’t drive then there is a form you can take to your GP to sign saying that you are medically fit to drive a car.

Approximately 20-30 hours of one-on-one flight training to earn your licence or certificate. This is based on how well you are demonstrating the skills you are being taught. Some people pick things up quicker than others. It’s a process and we want to make sure you will be safe.

You’ll also cover the required theory. Topics covered will include aeronautical knowledge, flight rules, procedures, navigation, meteorology, radio procedures and airfield circuits

Once your instructor thinks you are ready and you have passed the required examination milestones, you will be nominated for a flight test by the Chief Flying Instructor (CFI) at Merit Aviation.

The cost below is indicative based on the minimum required hours to achieve an RPL or RPC and based on using a Foxbat.

  • 20 hrs dual flight $4,780
  • 5 hrs Solo flight $1,195
  • Ground theory course $715
  • RA Aus Membership (1yr) $235
  • TOTAL $6,925

* Apply a 5% discount to the above package when you pay for the course before you start.

* If you prefer a different aircraft then let us know as the cost may vary slightly.

* Hours listed are based on minimum requirements, students will be charged at standard rate for additional training time required to meet proficiency standards. Prices are subject to change without notice.

Private Pilot Licence

This is the second step into the exciting world of aviation. Imagine the feeling of independence when you can fly and navigate your own aircraft anywhere in Australia for leisure or business and carry up to 5 passengers! Obtaining your Private Pilot Licence (PPL) with Merit Aviation will give you that freedom.

Once you have successfully gained your Recreational Pilot Licence (the first step) and are comfortable enough to pilot an aircraft by yourself, you can look into taking passengers and flying a variety of larger aircraft in training towards PPL.

This part of the training will be conducted on our Cessna 172 or a similar aircraft of your choice. We can source in many types of aircraft including Warriors and Archers if you prefer.

A PPL allows pilots to act as Pilot in Command with up to 5 passengers on board and fly anywhere in Australia, including flying into controlled airspace (Class C – CTA) – airports like Tamworth, Canberra, Melbourne or Adelaide. This course meets all requirements as set by Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).

You’ll need:

  • To hold a current Recreational Pilot Licence
  • An ASIC card – you can apply via the CASA website. More forms!
  • You must be at least 17 years or over to have a PPL issued
  • In order to exercise the privileges of a PPL, where you will be able to carry more than 1 passenger and up to 5 passengers, then a Class 1 or 2 medical conducted by a DAME (Designated Aviation Medical Practitioner) would be required in order for you to take your flight test.
  • A Recreational Aviation Medical Practitioner’s Certificate (RAMPC) is also fine if you only intend to carry 1 passenger at a time, fly below 10,000 feet, and only fly under day Visual Flight Rules (VFR).
  • Approximately another 15-20 hours of flight training on a VH registered aircraft depending on how well you demonstrate your efficiency. You will add to your existing flying knowledge and build skills on how to navigate the aircraft from point-to-point.
  • At least 5 hours of solo cross country navigation in addition to all your previous RPL or RPC flying milestone is required before you go for the flight test. Once your instructor is confident with your ability you will need to take the flight test with a CASA approved testing officer, to receive your PPL.
  • A compulsory weekend or evening theory course with us, where you will cover all the required material to prepare you for sitting your PPL theory exam. Modules will cover Meteorology, Navigation, Performance, Human Factors, Aircraft General Knowledge, Aerodynamics and Air Law.

Estimated cost below for Private Pilot Licence (once you have your RPL or RPC). PPL training is conducted in our Cessna172.

  • 15 hrs dual flight $5,235
  • 5 hrs solo nav flying $1,745
  • PPL theory course $1,650
  • TOTAL $8,630

* Apply a 5% discount to the above package when you pay for the course before you start.

* If you prefer a different aircraft then let us know as the cost may vary slightly.

* Hours listed are based on minimum requirements, students will be charged at standard rate for additional training time required to meet proficiency standards. Prices are subject to change without notice.

Commercial Pilot Licence

Earning a Commercial Pilot Licence is what you’ll need if you want to make a living as a pilot. And a Commercial Pilot is so many more things than just becoming an airline pilot. You can fly charter, become a flight instructor, conduct agricultural operations like crop dusting, or become a pilot for search and rescue or the air ambulance. All exciting and rewarding careers that will see you experience Australia and life like no other!

Merit Aviation will guide you every facet of your Commercial Pilot Licence training.

You’ll need:

  • Before starting CPL training you need to hold a PPL.
  • Proof of English fluency (which will be conducted with the CFI).
  • You must be at least 18 years or over to have a CPL issued

Class 1 medical conducted by a DAME (Designated Aviation Medial Practitioner)

You’ll commence CPL flight training and can opt to fly a plane with a Constant Speed Unit (CSU) and Retractable Undercarriage. These special design features are listed on your CPL license as endorsements and can form part of the minimum requirements for companies who are looking to hire low hour pilots. The skills and experience gained during your training and command building time will position you well to provide services as a professional pilot.
A total of 70 hours of Pilot in Command (PIC) time is required for your CPL, which can include your solo hours from when you were first in the circuit!
You’ll need to sit seven CPL exams and have passes in all of them before commencing your CPL flight training (however you can still fly and build solo hours during this study and testing time!). CPL subjects include:

  • CPL Navigation (CNAV)
  • CPL Meteorology (CMET)
  • CPL Human Factors (CHUF)
  • CPL Air Law (CLWA)
  • CPL Aerodynamics (CADA)
  • CPL Aircraft General Knowledge (CSYA)
  • CPL Operation, Performance & Flight Planning (CFPA)

These examinations are based on the Manual of Standard (Aeroplane) provided by CASA; the CPL pass mark is 70% for all subjects except Air Law that carries a pass mark of 80%. You have a two-year period in which to pass all exams, starting from the date of your first exam.

Other ratings, endorsements and qualifications

We offer students avenues to pursue their Flight Instructor Rating and Multi-Engine Command Instrument Rating with our vast network of instructors involved with the school.

In addition to an Instructor or Instrument rating, we also offer a lot of aircraft design feature endorsements as part of your training, which you can choose to incorporate into an RPL, PPL or CPL as you see fit and as you have the passion.

Many of our students add a Night VFR Rating to their PPL or CPL (Night VFR can’t be added to a RPL or RPC), which enables them to fly all across Australia at night. We offer course for students who want to add this rating to their license.

Or you might want to fly aeroplanes with a tailwheel, also known as tail draggers. We can train you on how to dance those feet and add this very useful rating to any license type.

There are lots of endorsements you can add to your license and it can be a pretty confusing affair. To make things clear in regards to your exact situation then it’s best to give us a call.

  • Night VFR Rating
  • Multi-Engine Rating
  • Instrument Rating
  • Flight Instructor Rating
  • Navigation endorsement
  • Passenger endorsement
  • Controlled airspace endorsement
  • Radio endorsement
  • Tailwheel endorsement
  • Formation flying endorsement
  • Retractable endorsement
  • CSU endorsement
  • Low level endorsement
  • Aerobatic endorsement
  • Float endorsement