RECREATIONAL PILOT PERMIT
PRIVATE PILOT LICENCE
In the world of flight training there are basically two routes one can take – learn to fly for fun or learn to fly for a career. Both routes have the same starting point. Before you get flying, there are some important things you should know.
Probably the most important thing to note is that flight training includes both
- Ground school and
- Hands on flight training with an instructor
This means you will need to study in class and at home if you are going to be successful and move along efficiently with your flight training.
When you begin your flight training, you have two choices:
Recreational Pilot Permit – the simplest and fastest way to start flying. You can start your training at the age of 14 and have your permit signed off at the young age of 16. Although this is a faster route to flying on your own, it is important to know that there are restrictions on where, when and what you can fly.
Private Pilot Licence – gives you more flexibility and freedom to fly with more freedom and in different aircraft. It also is the licence you require to move further with more advanced flight training or specialty ratings – float, night, and/or instrument. Once you start your flying, you will need to:
- pass a medical exam in order to begin your solo training (this is where your instructor lets you go flying by yourself to practice what you have learned)
- successfully pass the PSTAR exam
- successfully pass your Restricted Radio Operator’s test and obtain your radio certificate.
Once you have passed your medical, and have successfully written the PSTAR, you can obtain a Student Pilot Permit and move forward with your flight training.
For information about our Private Pilot Ground School and upcoming dates: Private Pilot Ground School