Once you have completed your RPL, you will then commence navigation training to achieve your Private Pilot Licence. 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; and landing on different types of surfaces. You will conduct several navigation exercises, both under instruction and solo, around 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) covering the following subjects: flight rules and air law; navigation; performance and flight planning; meteorology; and the principles of flight.
For the flight test, you will demonstrate your skill to the Flight Examiner by departing for a round trip with two or more landings / turning points en route. During the test you will show your ability to divert to an alternative location, carry out emergency procedures and demonstrate competent planning and management of the flight (observing all procedures and rules – navigation, radio work, and general airmanship) before successfully completing the flight.