Private Pilot Licence

A Private Pilot Licence (PPL) allows you to fly many types of aircraft on your own, anywhere in Australia, without needing prior authorization from an instructor. A prospective pilot must reach a number of milestones before obtaining a PPL. At Flight Options, our highly experienced instructors will take you through each stage:

1. Trial Instruction Flight (TIF)
The trial flight is designed to give you a taste of flying, and find out if you wish to continue on with the course. During this flight the instructor will show you the basic features of an aircraft and allow you to take the controls for 10 – 15 minutes.

2. Student Pilot Licence (SPL)
The student pilot licence allows you to take flying lessons and fly solo within a designated training area. This licence allows you to build up the flying experience necessary to obtain a PPL.

3. General Flying Progress Test (GFPT)
Passing your GFPT allows you to carry passengers with you while flying within the boundaries of a SPL.
You must achieve GFPT competencies before applying for a PPL.

4. Private Pilot Licence (PPL)
As a private pilot you can fly anywhere in Australia, and will no longer require prior authorization from an instructor to do so. You can also legally share the aircraft hiring cost with your passengers, however you cannot fly for hire or reward unless you have a commercial pilot licence.

Prior to commencing a PPL course you must pass a class 2 medical exam with a designated aviation medical examiner and hold or be eligible to hold an aviation security identification card (ASIC).


Flight Options Private Pilot Licence

Our flying instructors are at hand at any time before, during or after the course to answer questions and provide assistance.

Course Times
Our PPL course is conducted periodically throughout the year, contact us to find out upcoming course dates.

Course Components
A PPL consists of two main components: flying and theory.
In order to gain a PPL with Flight Options you will complete the following before attempting the PPL flight test.:
•  49 hours dual flying
•  23 hours solo flying
•  14 hours in a simulator
•  Prior to flying solo a Pre-Solo theory examination and a Flight Radio theory examination must be passed.
•  Prior to flying solo in the designated training area an Area Solo theory examination must be passed.
•  Prior to the GFPT a Basic Aeronautical Knowledge (BAK) examination must be passed
•  Prior to the PPL flight test a PPL cyber exam must be passed.

Course Length
The minimum time taken to complete a PPL course is 5 weeks, this is dependent on variables such as whether the course is taken full time or on an ad-hoc basis, weather conditions and student time commitment.

Aircraft used for training
Flight Options operate the following aircraft for students to complete their PPL course in:
Cessna C172 Skyhawk
Cessna C182 Skylane
Click on any of the above aircraft for more details.

Course Fees
Contact us to find out more information about the costs involved in obtaining a Private Pilot Licence with Flight Options.

The Flight Options PPL course is conducted at our Sunshine Coast based flight school, located on the Sunshine Coast Airport, QLD, Australia.