Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL)

The Recreational Pilot Licence is the first step on the path to gaining a Private Pilot Licence (PPL) or Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL).


Gaining your RPL with Murray Bridge Flying School will allow you to fly solo, in fair conditions, within 25 nautical miles of the aerodrome.


Pilots who currently hold a Recreational Aviation – Australia (RA-Aus) Pilot Certificate are able to use their prior skills and knowledge in converting to the CASA-issued RPL. 


Requirements for issue of a Recreational Pilot Licence:

  • Be at least 16 years of age (training may commence prior to the 16th birthday)

  • Complete the relevant flight training

  • Undertake a general English language competency assessment (done ‘in-house’)

  • Pass the RPL theory examination (done ‘in-house’)

  • Pass the RPL practical flight test

  • Minimum of 25 hours total flying time

  • Minimum of 5 hours as Pilot In Command (solo)

  • Hold a CASA Class 1 or 2 Medical Certificate (including CASA Basic Class 2)


For pilots who wish to venture further afield, we offer comprehensive theoretical and practical training for the following additional endorsements:

  • Cross-Country Navigation (Minimum 5 hours of cross-country flight training, 5 hours solo cross-country, minimum 2 hours of training under instrument conditions -1 hour may be completed on a synthetic training device/flight simulator)

  • Controlled Aerodrome / Controlled Airspace (CTA)

  • Aeronautical Radio Operator Certificate (AROC) - included in basic training unless specified otherwise.


(08) 8532 5537


Pallamana Aerodrome

484 Reedy Creek Road, Murray Bridge SA 5253


Murray Bridge Flying School, located in the Murraylands region of South Australia, offers flying training in a diverse range of aircraft and ground theory courses.


Recreational, Private, and Commercial Pilot Licences; Multi-Engine, Flight Instructor, Night VFR, and Instrument Ratings; Feature Endorsements and Aircraft Hire and Fly.

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