Recreational Pilots Licence in Melbourne

The Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL) is the first step to your flying journey. Whether it be for recreational purposes only where you can take your friends and family flying around Melbourne. Or to embark on a career in the Aviation industry as a Commercial Pilot this first step is the same. The Recreational Pilot Licence is also a component of the Diploma of Aviation Commercial Pilot Licence should you want to complete a formal academic award qualification.

The Recreational Pilot Licence will allow you to fly your friends within the training area of Moorabbin Airport which is to the south east of Melbourne or within a 25 nautical mile radius (approximately 50km) from Moorabbin Airport or any other airport in Australia.

One of the many advantages of learning to fly from Moorabbin Airport is that the Recreational Pilot Licence privileges will permit you to fly to the edge of the Melbourne CBD. This flight is always popular with your friends.

Moorabbin Airport is the flying training airport for the city of Melbourne and has an Air Traffic Control tower. This means that when training for the Recreational Pilot Licence at Moorabbin Airport you gain the advantage of obtaining more than just the minimum. You will also acquire the Flight Radio Endorsement and the Controlled Aerodrome Endorsement. It is also Australian government regulation requirement that when flying from Moorabbin Airport the pilot will require an Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC)

Your flying training will consist of both flying and theory lessons. A typical flying lesson would entail a pre-flight briefing, then the flight lesson and afterward a debriefing with areas to work on prior to the next lesson. The Recreational Pilot Licence also has other formal theory components throughout the training. There is the Recreational Pilot Licence (Aeroplane) theory course and exam. This course is conducted in house at our Tristar Aviation training facility at Moorabbin. The topics covered are Aerodynamics (how the aeroplane flies) Engines and Systems (How the aeroplane runs), Aircraft Performance (how the aircraft performs under certain conditions) and Human Factors (How the pilot can maximise safety by understanding their limitations and those of their surroundings).

The Beginning

The Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL) is the first stage to obtaining a Private Pilot Licence (PPL). It is in these initial lessons where you will learn the basics of how to fly the aeroplane. The lessons are a stepped approach designed to teach a person with no previous flying experience. Each lesson builds on the previous lesson, starting with the effects of control, straight and level, climbing, descending and turning. All these lessons will take place in the training area to the south east of Melbourne. After completing these lessons you will have an understanding of how to control the aeroplane. It will then be time for you to move onto the next phase of your training, learning how to take off and land the aeroplane.

Step Up

Once you have reached the circuit training stage of your flying (Circuits are where you practice taking off, and fly a rectangular pattern around the airport and return for landing) you will spend time perfecting the take-off and landing technique until you are ready for that 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 flight to gain experience at being pilot in command.

The final phase of the Recreational Pilot Licence training involves learning some more advance aircraft manoeuvres such as steep turns, slow flight and emergency procedures. This phase of training will also include some solo practice in the training area south east of Melbourne so that you can perfect your skills. The Recreational Pilot Licence Flight Test is the final sequence of stage one. This flight test will be conducted by a CASA approved flight examiner. You will demonstrate to the examiner that you can safely conduct a flight to the training area and perform certain manoeuvres. After the training area sequences you will then return to the airport for a demonstration of your ability to take off and land the aircraft in various circumstance. Once you have successfully completed this flight test you qualify for the issue of the Recreational Pilot Licence. The next Licence step is the Private Pilot Licence which will allow you to fly anywhere across Australia.

Recreational Pilot Licence Cost Summary

(based on minimum hours)

RPL Cost Summary
20 hours dual in Cessna 152 $8,400
5 hours solo in Cessna 152 $1,500
RPL Theory and Exam $995
RPL flight test (approx. 1.5hrs) $450
Examiner Fee $550
CASA RPL Licence Issue $50
Aviation Security ID Check $250
Aviation Medical $300
Total: $12,195

Please note: the above cost is based on the CASA minimum hour requirement; however the amount of training time varies on the individual. You will require a minimum of a class 2 aviation medical for the Recreational Pilot Licence. The cost of the medical can vary depending on the medical examiner. For your convenience, Tristar Aviation has a Designated Aviation Medical Examiner (DAME) who conducts aviation medicals regularly on site at Tristar Aviation.

How do I pay? There are several methods of payment however the most common is pay as you go. So for each flying lesson you undertake you pay the cost of that lesson on the day you complete that lesson. Theory courses are paid in installments over the duration of the theory course.

*Prices are subject to change without notice. This summary is based on prices commencing July 2023 and does not constitute a quote