Recreational Pilot Licence

The RPL allows you fly yourself or take your friends and family on flights within the training area or within a 25 nautical mile radius (approx. 50Km) of Moorabbin Airport.

Price starting from $9,100.00.

The Beginning

The Recreational Pilot's Licence (RPL) is the first stage to obtaining a private pilot licence. It is in these initial lessons where you learn all the basics of aircraft handling. This includes straight and level flight, turning, climbing and descending. After the completion of these lessons you will have an understanding of how to control an aircraft. You will then be ready to move on to the next phase of your training, learning how to take off and land the aircraft.

Step Up

By now you are near the halfway point of stage one. Here you will spend some time in the circuit area at Moorabbin Airport perfecting those Take Offs and Landings until you are ready for your first solo flight. Many pilots see the first solo as a major achievement in their flight training, one of which is looked back on with fond memories. Your first solo flight is then followed by further solo flights to experience the sensation of being Pilot in Command.

The final phase of RPL training involves some advanced aircraft handling such as steep turns and slow flight as well as emergency procedures. You also have some further solo time to perfect your skills. The Recreational Pilot's Licence Test is the final sequence of stage one. It is a flight test where you demonstrate to the Chief Flying Instructor that you can conduct a flight to the training area and return.

If you are looking for further training, like fly to another airport (25nm outside departure airport) or fly in other countries, you may get your Private Pilot Licence (PPL) here.


A summary of the costs for an RPL (based on realistic hours and flying at least weekly):

✈ 20 hours dual in C152: $6,300.00
✈ 5 hours solo in C152: $1,050.00
✈ RPL theory: $590.00
✈ CASA licensing fees (approx): $246.00
✈ RPL flight test (approx. 1.5 hrs): $315.00
✈ Test fee: $550.00
✈ Logbook labels fee: $40.00
TOTAL Inc GST for RPL: $9,091.00*

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.