The minimum age at which you are able to hold a Private Pilot License (PPL) is 17 years, while you must be 16 years old before flying an aircraft solo. Before solo flight you must hold a medical certificate.

The minimum flight time required to be logged is 50 hours. This is made up of approximately 30 hours dual instruction and 20 hours of solo flight.

There are six examinations that must be passed in order to gain a PPL, these are: – Air Law and Publications, Aircraft Technical Knowledge, Air Navigation, Meteorology, Flight Radio Telegraphy and Human Factors. Once these exams have been completed a verbal English Language Proficiency Demonstration must be taken and passed

Training towards the PPL can be undertaken on either a full time or part time basis.

Full Time

If studying full time you are able to complete the PPL in approximately 4 months, depending on weather and student practical and theoretical aptitude.
The duration of training is from Monday to Friday, 0900 to 1700 hours.

Part Time

If studying part time you are able to complete the PPL in approximately 1 to 2 years. Depending on weather, student practical and theoretical aptitude,  and the regularity of lessons.
One to two practical flight lessons per week is recommended for consistency. Assistance is given by your instructor to help you study for the theory subjects.

What is the process to gain a PPL?

Step 1

Come along with us on a flight, you will control and manoeuvre the aircraft in the air. This is a quick introduction to flying for as little as $210 for a 30 minute experience. If after the flight you wish to know more about learning to fly, continue with step 2

Step 2

Make an appointment for a free one hour consultation. During this time you will meet your instructor and the training program will be outlined and guidance given as to the next step.

Step 3

Make an appointment for your first series of ground lessons

Step 4

Practical flight training begins. Allow 2 hours of your time for a training lesson. Each lesson includes:

  • Pre-flight briefing, 30 minutes
  • Aircraft pre-flight inspection, 20 – 30 minutes
  • Practical flying lesson, 30 – 40 minutes
  • Post-flight debrief, 10 – 15 minutes
  • Approx. cost $260.00 to $300.00

Step 5
After 6 practical lessons you will be flying “The Circuit” lesson. You will stay with this exercise until you are able to fly the aircraft on your own. (Solo) This usually takes between 10 to 15 hours
By this stage you will be studying theory subjects towards your examinations.

Before you are able to fly solo you must have a medical certificate, your instructor will inform you of the procedure required to do this

Step 6

Once achieving solo you will need to consolidate on this in the circuit before moving on

Step 7

Your training now moves into the advanced lessons, dual and solo flights alternate with each lesson.

Step 8

5 hours dual instrument flight training

5 hours dual terrain and weather awareness training

10 hours ( 5 dual and 5 solo) navigation training. You must hold all exam credits to complete solo navigation flights

Step 9

Sit English Language Proficiency Demonstration. Practical and theoretical revision before the flight test.

Step 10

Flight test


Approximate training costs

50 hours flying @ $260 per hour $13000.00
1 hour Flight Test (Aircraft Cost) $260.00
Instructor ground & air time @ $60.00/hr $4500.00
Miscellaneous Expenses
Medical Certificate $613.00
Examination Fees $665.00
Equipment $645.00
Airways Airport charges Landing Fees $300.00
Kingston Landing Fees $1500.00
Civil Aviation Licence Issue $230.00
Flight Test Issue Fee $530.00
Total $22 243.00
  • The cost for the aircraft is an hourly rate, based on a minimum of 50 hours dual and solo training. This is the minimum hours to gain a PPL, however depending on the individual it may take between 60 and 70 hours to gain the PPL
  • Instructor time is for the practical training component, any ground training for theoretical exams is charged in addition to the above and the cost is dependant on student numbers; i.e. one on one instruction or classroom lessons.
  • The Kingston landing fee is an estimate only and depends on the number of flights taken. The cost is $30.00 per flight.
  • Prices exclude GST, are effective 01 May 2018 and are subject to change without notice.