Start your aviation career today with our Private Pilot Course.

A PPL forms the foundation for all pilot training. Once you have obtained your PPL, you are permitted to hire and fly the type of aircraft you are licensed to operate, either for purposes of building hours towards your CPL or for recreational purposes. This means you can also take friends or family with you, as long as they are not paying passengers. See Course Break-Down Below

RWAA’s PPL training is divided into three stages: 



Stage 1 is designed to provide a strong foundation for all future aviation training and the student will become familiar with systems and how the aircraft controls are used.  The student will become proficient to conduct the first solo flight and you will be learning basic concepts and flight maneuvers.  During this stage, you will also receive ground training stages I and II.


Stage 2  builds on the knowledge and skills in Stage 1 by introducing more complex maneuvers, including “cross-country” and “night” flights as well as basic instrument flying.  During this stage, you will also receive ground training stage III as well as completing the Final Theoretical Examinations A and B.


Stage 3 provides the proficiency required for the private pilot practical test and will review all the maneuvers required to attain maximum pilot proficiency.  Stage 3 culminates in an oral and flight examination upon successful completion, results in the issuance of a Private Pilot Certificate. 

Dual Training
The student pilot must complete 30 hours of dual training (flying with an instructor). Whilst this is a minimum requirement by the GACA, individual requirements may vary.  Your instructor will ensure you have the necessary skills to operate safely and in a competent manner.

Instrument Training
Student Pilots are required to complete three hours of instrument training. Whilst this is a minimum requirement by the GACA you may complete these on our in-house Redbird simulator.

Solo Training
Student Pilots also need to complete 10 hours of solo training (flying on your own) of which at least five hours must consist of cross-country flying.

Theoretical Long Briefings
The normal length of a theoretical long briefing should be approximately 45 – 60 minutes. This would be a detailed explanation or discussion conducted by the flight Instructor regarding the major considerations of an air exercise. The briefing may be given as either an informal lecture to two or more students or as a tutorial to an individual. 

Air Exercise Briefings
These briefings directly relate to each flying lesson and will immediately be followed by the relevant air exercise. There are 25 air exercises in our syllabus, including the Stage tests and the final test. 

Ground School
Ground school is compulsory and is scheduled over the first 5 weeks of the course.  The minimum GACA requirement is 35 hours, although at RWAA it is normally closer to 60 hours of training and will provide students with an exemplary understanding of all the subjects.

Other Important Requirements


Aviation Medical Examination
Before a Student Pilot’s Licence will be issued to you, you must undergo a Class II Aviation Medical Examination. This examination must be done by a GACA designated medical examiner. 

Language Proficiency Test
This test assesses English proficiency in accordance with ICAO and GACA standards. All Air Traffic Controllers and Flight Crews operating in an airspace where the use of English is required must achieve a rating of 4, 5, or 6.
•    Candidates achieving a rating of 3 or less have to be trained to achieve a satisfactory command of English. Retesting can be done after an interval of at least a week.


PPL Kit (Standard)
•    Jeppesen Flight Bag
•    Jeppesen PPL Training Manuals
•    RWAA Generic Checklist
•    RWAA Student Handbook
•    Pilot Logbook
•    Reflective Vest
•    Plotter and Flight Computer (E6B)


No matter if you are only looking to fly for fun and relaxation, a faster and easier form of business transportation, or you are looking forward to a lifetime career with the Airlines, the skills, and knowledge you will gain through your Private Pilot Training will give you the fundamentals and base for which you will take off and enjoy both the dreams and reality of flight.