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Recreational Pilot Licence in Sydney

Get your RPL to become a pilot

Whether you are thinking of flying for fun or considering a career in aviation obtaining your RPL is the first step to become a pilot in Australia. The Recreational Pilot Licence lets you fly a single-engine aircraft without supervision, as pilot in command. Get quality instruction and all the required flying lessons with Flight Academy Bankstown to get your Recreational Pilot Licence in Sydney.

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If you are unsure about the level of financial and time commitment for an RPL you may want to consider a Trial Introductory Flight (TIF) or a Learn to fly package. These are more affordable, lower commitment options to get hands-on flying experience before you enrol in a pilot course.

RPL Course in Sydney


CASA RPL syllabus is a minimum of 25h split into 20 Dual and 5h of solo flying. (Not including the flight test)

RPL Course Prerequisites

  • Aviation Reference Number (ARN) > How to apply
  • Aviation Medical (Class 1 or 2) > More info
  • Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC) > Apply online
  • Minimum age is 16 years old

RPL flight training and outcomes

This comprehensive course will cover all requirements for successful completion of the RPL flight test. You will be able to fly with family and friends as pilot in command of a single-engine aircraft.

RPL flight training Syllabus

  • Effects Of Controls (EOC)
  • Straight And Level (S&L)
  • Climbing And Descending (C&D)
  • Turning
  • Climbing And Descending Turns
  • Stalling
  • General Handling – Consolidation
  • Circuits – Introduction
  • Circuits – Normal
  • Circuits – Advanced
  • Circuits – Emergencies
  • Circuits – 1st Solo
  • Circuits – 2nd Solo
  • Circuits – 3rd Solo
  • Circuits – SFTOL
  • Circuits – Crosswind
  • Steep Turns
  • Advanced Stalling
  • Precautionary Search And Landing (PSL)
  • Practiced Force Landing (PFL)
  • Training Area – Check
  • Training Area – Solo 1
  • Training Area – Check
  • Training Area – Solo 2
  • Pre-Licence Check
  • RPL Flight Test (not included in the minimum hours)

RPL theory syllabus

  • Students are to self-study. We offer 1 on 1 tuition if required.
  • Exams to be done:
    • FROL 
    • Pre-Solo 
    • Pre Area-Solo
    • BAK/RPL (External)
    • AELP (FAB in-house examiner) 
  • All exams are conducted internally unless stated otherwise.
  • Approximately 10h theory with an instructor is required

RPL course duration

  • Full-time: 8 – 12 weeks (weather dependent)
  • Part-time: 3 – 6 months (on average, every student is different)

Recreational Pilot Licence course price

  • We offer a pay-as-you-go pricing model, rather than requesting lump sums upfront.
  • The cost to complete the course for the Recreational Pilot Licence with a Cessna 150 is around $10,000
  • You can see all our hourly prices and fees here

Our flying school in Sydney

All training is conducted at our flying school in Sydney, located at Bankstown Airport. Flight Academy Bankstown is the sister organisation of Sydney Skydivers. Aussie-owned and operated we have been in the aviation industry for over 50 years. Our flying school has everything required to cater for student needs: plane hangar, new classrooms, flight simulator, kitchen and hangout area.

Trial Flight Location


We operate from Bankstown Aerodrome. Our flying school classrooms and hangar are located at 77 Tower Road. We have free parking available on-site.

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