Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL) and Private Pilot Licence (PPL)
At Bankstown Flight School, we provide non-integrated training, this gives our Students flexible training options to fit in with their busy lives rather than having to engage in a full-time course.
A recreational pilot licence (RPL) the first pilot licence you can obtain with certain limitations which can be extended later with Private pilot licence.
RA-Aus certificate holders can convert to an RPL with a little CASA paperwork and a class rating flight review for your aircraft type.
Students can begin their training at any age provided, they can physically reach the aircraft controls, however, Students can only conduct solo flying after their 15th birthday. To be eligible to undertake the RPL flight test, Students must have reached their 16th birthday.
A private pilot licence (PPL) builds on the knowledge and experience gained during RPL training and is a licence that allows a holder to pilot an aircraft as pilot-in-command or co-pilot when the aircraft is being operated privately.
The cost for a Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL) can vary between $10 – $12,900.00.
Why the variation? people learn in different ways, in our experience, the average Pilot can demonstrate competency, confidently, between 40 – 50 hours of training.
BFS adopts a pay-as-you train approach, rather than having to apply for a loan or pay a lump sum, you pay for your lessons as you complete them.
It should also be noted that your ground school is included in your RPL lessons.
As with any flight training, safety is the most important aspect, we will train you until a safe standard, so you are then comfortable yourself to fly off with family and friends.
For example we have a Doctor who regularly had to attend clinics in regional NSW, he was an existing pilot but not on Cirrus, so what we did was construct a Cirrus converion course so that he could complete part of the syllabus at the same time as his travel requirements.
Unfortunately we dont offer credit of finance for the course and the cost for the hours flown will have to be paid on completion of the flight
Yes we do offer rental to our pilots on completion and we have on offer a range of SR 20 or SR 22, you are free to take this away on long journeys as long as minimum hours are met, please enquire for more info.
We have on show in our hanger a range of SR 20 and SR 22 aircraft, so please visit to discuss purchase as well as map put your training course.
We are proud to have in our hanger a new 2020 model SF 50 Vision Jet. This aircraft is not available to rent or train on, but syndicates are on offer or you can discuss an outright purchase. Contact us for more info.
Yes for certain circumstances such as full time courses, we do offer training away from our home base at Bankstown airport, please feel free to ask.
*please note that additional expenses may apply such as accomodation and enroute travel costs*