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CASA Requirements

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Summary
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Licence (SPL)
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Progress Test (GFPT)
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Licence (PPL)
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Licence (CPL)
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The Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) specifies minimum training requirements. Hours required to obtain your qualifications are detailed below. Depending on your existing qualifications, hours may be reduced to complete your PPL (H) or CPL (H).

Licence Held

Minimum hours - PPL (H)

Minimum hours - CPL (H)

Exam Requirements

Nil Flying Experience

50 hours

105 hours

125 hours *

*if final 30 hours
not completed in 3 months

  • Flight Radio Telephone Operator Rating
  • Basic Aeronautical Knowledge BAK
  • Pre-Solo Air Legislation
  • CASA Helicopter Final Theory Exam
  • Flight Test
  • Current Medical Class 1 for CPL(H) or Class 2 for PPL(H)
  • Technical Courses and questions on helicopters trained in
  • Sling load course if required

Private Fixed Wing (PPL)

38 hours

70 hours

  • Pre-Solo Air Legislation
  • Basic Aeronautical Knowledge BAK
  • CASA Helicopter Final Theory Exam
  • Flight Test
  • Current Medical Class 1 for CPL(H) or Class 2 for PPL(H)

Commercial Fixed Wing  (CPL)

38 hours

60 hours

70 hours *

*if final 30 hours
not completed in 3 months

  • Basic Aeronautical Knowledge BAK
  • CASA Helicopter Final Theory Exam
  • Flight Test
  • Current Medical Class 1 for CPL(H) or Class 2 for PPL(H)

Conversion of overseas or military licences

Obtain a Special Pilot Licence
(if you only intend to fly private operations while in Australia)

Convert your existing overseas licence
to the Australian equivalent (usually for long-term residence in Australia)
OR
Obtain a Certificate of Validation (if you need it for less than 3 months)

As a general rule, pilots seeking to convert a foreign licence to an Australian flight crew licence must:

  • pass a Flight Rules and Air Law written examination/s
  • pass a flight test
  • obtain an Australian medical certificate.

The conversion of a rating, such as for instrument or night flying, usually involves an additional exam and/or flight test.
The examinations/tests mentioned must be completed with a person/persons approved by CASA. This means that tests can only be conducted in Australia.

Student Pilot Licence (SPL)

To be eligible to gain a Student Pilots licence, the student at the time of being issued a Student Pilots Licence by the Chief Flight Instructor must be at least 16 years old.

Prior to going solo for the first time the student must also:

  • Pass the ICAO English Language Proficiency test. Refer to our Student Information pack, part C - Ground School, for further information.
  • Have either a class 1 (CPL) or class 2 (PPL) medical certificate issued by CASA
  • Have passed the following theory tests as set by the flight school
    1. Pre solo Air legislation
    2. Basic Aeronautical knowledge
    3. Flight Radio Telephone Operators test
  • Have been authorised by the CFI for solo and this authorisation be endorsed in the students logbook. Have completed a minimum of 8 hours dual instructional time.

 

General Flight Progress Test (Helicopters) - GFPT

In addition to all that is required for a Student Pilots Licence must have completed at least a total of:

  1. 20 hours dual flying
  2. 10 hours solo flying
  3. completed a minimum total of 35 hours flying
  4. sit and pass a GFPT flight test

 

Private Pilot Licence (Helicopters) - PPL(H)

To be eligible to gain a Private Pilots Licence the student must be at least 17 years old at the time of the flight test, have passed a PPL helicopter theory exam as set by CASA, meet all that is required for a Student Pilots Licence and must have completed at least a total of

  1. 20 hours dual flying
    including at least 9 hours of dual navigation flying
  2. 10 hours solo flying
    including at least 6 hours of solo navigation flying
  3. Completed a minimum total of 50 hours flying
  4. Sit and pass a PPL flight test
     

If you hold a Private or Commercial fixed wing licence:

The student must be at least 17 years old at the time of the flight test, have passed a helicopter BAK (Basic Aeronautical Knowledge) theory exam as set by CFI, meet all that is required for a Student Pilots Licence and must have completed at least a total of

  1. 20 hours dual flying
    including at least 3 hours dual navigation flying
  2. 10 hours solo flying
  3. completed a minimum total of 38 hours flying
  4. sit and pass a PPL flight test
     

 

Commercial Pilot Licence (Helicopters) - CPL(H)

To be eligible to gain a Commercial Pilots Licence the student must be at least 18 years old at the time of the flight test, have passed a CPL helicopter theory exam as set by CASA, meet all that is required for a Student Pilots Licence and must have completed at least a total of

  1. 40 hours dual flying
    including at least 15 hours dual navigation flying
     
  2. 35 hours solo flying
    including at least 10 hours solo navigation flying
  3. 25 hours of general flight time as pilot in command (not navigation)
  4. where the last 30 hours of the course are done in 90 consecutive days then completed a minimum total of 105 hours flying. Otherwise a minimum total of 125 hours is required
  5. Sit and pass a CPL flight test
     

Holds a Private fixed wing licence

The student must be at least 18 years old at the time of the flight test, have passed a CPL helicopter theory exam as set by CASA, meet all that is required for a Student Pilots Licence and must have completed at least a total of

  1. 30 hours dual flying
    including at least 10 hours of dual navigation flying
  2. 25 hours solo flying
    including at least 5 hours solo navigation flying
  3. 20 hours of general flight time as pilot in command (not navigation)
  4. Where the last 30 hours of the course are done in 90 consecutive days then completed a minimum total of 70 hours flying. Otherwise a minimum total of 80 hours is required
  5. Sit and pass a CPL flight test
     

Holds a Commercial fixed wing licence

The student must be at least 18 years old at the time of the flight test, have passed a helicopter conversion theory exam as set by CASA, meet all that is required for a Student Pilots Licence and must have completed at least a total of

  1. 30 hours dual flying
    including at least 2 hours dual navigation flying
  2. 23 hours solo flying
    including at least 3 hours dual navigation flying
  3. 20 hours of genera flight time as pilot in command (not navigation)
  4. where the last 30 hours of the course are done in 90 consecutive days then completed a minimum total of 60 hours flying. Otherwise a minimum total of 70 hours is required
  5. sit and pass a CPL flight test