A Private Pilot Licence or PPL enables to you fly anywhere in Australia with passengers in the aircraft type you are qualified for (clearances/ airspace permitting).
You need to be a minimum of 17 years of age to hold a PPL. Once you have completed either an RPL or the appropriate solo time you will then commence PPL navigation training.
The navigation exercises teach you the practical skills and airmanship required for flying safely to distant locations: managing fuel and flight logs; radio communication and transitions through different air space and control zones; unplanned diversions (due to weather etc.); conducting circuits at unfamiliar aerodromes; landing on different types of surfaces; and being able to make safe decisions regarding weather, tropical flying and deteriorating conditions. You will conduct several navigation exercises, both under instruction and solo, around Far North Queensland to reinforce and consolidate your skills in preparation for the Private Pilot Licence flight test. Your navigation exercises will take you to some interesting places such as Mt Garnet, Undara and many other unique locations .
Prior to undertaking the PPL test, you must have acquired a minimum of 40 hours of flight time as a pilot – inclusive of:
- 5 hours of general flight time as pilot in command
- 5 hours of cross country flight time as pilot in command
- 2 hours of instrument flight time
You are also required to pass the CASA PPL theory examination, which can be completed with us at the North Queensland Aero Club.