Private Pilot Licence

The PPL will allow you to fly to almost anywhere in Australia. You will be able to hire aircraft and take family and friends along to enjoy the experience of flight with you at the controls.

Price starting from $17,600.00.


There are two stages to gaining the freedom a Pilot Licence gives you. Before you get your PPL, you will have to get your Recreational Pilot's Licence (RPL), which is the first stage to obtaining a private pilot licence. For information about RPL, please go to "Recreational Pilot Licence" page.

The second stage of your training is perhaps the most enjoyable. It involves eight navigation exercises where you learn the principles of aircraft navigation, then practice them as you fly to destinations all over Victoria.

Further More

Both stages of flight training are complimented by a theory component. The theory for stage one covers basic Aerodynamics, Engines and Systems and Aircraft Performance. Stage two subjects include Navigation, Meteorology, Air Law and Human Factors. An exam is involved at the completion of each theory component. Students can choose to either attend the regular theory courses run at Tristar Aviation or self-study.

You can start flying at any age, however there are some minimum age requirements to fly solo or hold a licence. You must be at least 15 years old before you can fly solo or 16 years to complete the RPL. You must be 17 years of age to hold a PPL and 18 years of age to complet a CPL. Also, the Private Pilot Licence does require you to hold at least a Class 2 Medical.

If you want to take this as your career and wish to make money from it, you must obtain a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL).


Below is an estimate of the additional costs for the Private Pilot Licence when you have your RPL:

✈ 15 hours dual in C172: $5,325.00
✈ 5 hours solo in C172: $1,250.00
✈ PPL theory and exam: $1,300.00
✈ PPL flight test (approx. 3.5 hrs): $890.00
✈ Test fee: $660.00
TOTAL Inc GST for PPL: $9,425.00*

Please note: the prices estimated above are based on the CASA minimum hour requirements; however the amount of training time required varies on the individual.

*Prices are subject to change without notice. This estimate is based on prices commencing August 2016 and does not constitute a quote.