Private Pilot Licence

The Royal Newcastle Aero Club has been training private and commercial pilots since 1928. Situated on the New England Highway at Rutherford, our club is in a perfect position to begin your flying training over the picturesque Hunter Valley, and with highly experienced flying instructors and many thousands of flight hours undertaken by members every year, we know that you will gain the most from your flying training at RNAC.

We offer training in aeroplanes from Recreational level through to Private Pilot’s Licence and Commercial Pilot’s Licence. As sport flying specialists, we also offer advanced training in Aerobatics, Tailwheel aeroplanes, and Formation Flying.


Private Pilot Licence

What is a Private Pilot Licence?

A Private Pilot Licence (PPL) authorises you to fly as pilot in command of an Australian aircraft for which you hold a rating, in private operations.


What are the medical requirements?

In order to exercise the privileges of your PPL, you will need to hold a CASA Class 2 medical certificate or higher. If you hold a PPL and decide to sit for a RAMPC (see earlier), you will be restricted to operating under the conditions of an RPL.


What are the steps in achieving my PPL?

See the steps for achieving RPL above. After you have completed that section of your training, you will then be trained in navigation sequences which include controlled airspace and controlled aerodrome endorsements. During this training you will need to sit a Civil Aviation Safety Authority administered theory exam. You may self-study for this exam, or we can assist you in a classroom environment. After completing the flight training syllabus, a recommendation flight will be undertaken to make sure that you are ready for your flight test.


How long will it take and how much will it cost me?

The minimum legislative requirement is 40 hours; however you need to meet a required standard. The amount of hours required to meet this standard will vary with each individual and also depends on how often one flies, but on average this is met around the 60 to 70 hour mark. RNAC conducts PPL training in a Cessna 172 and you will be charged at the “PPL” training rate. Please see the attached price sheet for up to date cost information.


What does a PPL allow me to do?

A PPL will allow you to fly cross country and in controlled airspace in any aeroplane for which you hold a class or type rating, anywhere in Australia. The PPL will be internationally recognised and, pending approval from some countries, allow you to do the same flying you are allowed to do at home.


Can I fly in any aircraft with my PPL?

You must hold the class or type rating for the aircraft you intend to fly. If you wish to fly as pilot in command or co-pilot of a multi crew operation, you must also complete training in multi crew cooperation.


 How do I keep my qualifications?

A flight review is required once every 2 years, however in order to carry passengers you will need to have completed 3 take-offs and landings within the 90 days previous to the day you intend to carry them.