Recreational Pilot Certificate (RPC) – the key to unlocking a world of thrilling recreational flying! Imagine yourself soaring through the clouds, feeling the freedom and joy that only flying can provide. This fantastic certificate, brought to you by the esteemed Recreational Aviation Australia Ltd (RAAus), is tailor-made for aviation enthusiasts who crave the pure bliss of flying without all the extra bells and whistles of a Private Pilot License (PPL).

With the RPC in hand, you’ll gain the incredible privilege of being the pilot in command, taking control of an RAAus Registered Aircraft. Picture yourself at the controls, the wind in your hair, and the horizon stretching out before you. And guess what? You can do all this within a 25 nautical mile radius of your departure aerodrome. That’s ample room to explore and enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes.

Should your adventurous spirit lead you beyond the 25nm limit, simply take on the challenge of earning your navigation endorsement. With this under your belt, you can spread your wings further and venture into new territories, discovering hidden gems from the sky.

Recreational Pilot Certificate


The Recreational Pilot Certificate (RPC) is a cost effective way to achieve your first pilot licence. The RPC will teach you the fundamental theory and practical skills you need to fly a light aircraft. When your instructor feels that you are competent in your abilities, you will complete your flight test for the RPC. A flight review with one of our Senior instructors and some paperwork is all that is required upon completion of your RPC if you wish to convert your RPC to a CASA RPL!

The RPC syllabus includes:

  • 22 hours of Dual Flying
  • 5 hours Solo Flying
  • 10 Theory Briefings
  • Pre Solo, BAK and Human Factors Exams
  • Flight test

Click here for more information on the differences between a RPC and RPL.


  • Be at least 15 years of age
  • Maintain a medical standard equivalent to that required to drive a motor vehicle
  • Apply for ASIC
  • Apply for RAAus Membership


  • Casual | As Desired
  • Part-Time | 2 Months
  • Full-Time | 3 – 4 Weeks
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