Learning to fly in Brisbane with Flightscope Aviation – Recreational Pilot Certificate

The first licence you will obtain when learning to fly with Flightscope in Brisbane is the Recreational Pilot Certificate issued by Recreational Aviation Australia (RA-Aus). This allows you to fly a Light Sport Aircraft within 25 nautical miles of your departure point during the day, outside of controlled airspace. The caveat with this licence is that, while you can train at Archerfield during the day, you cannot rent our aircraft during tower hours (which is open from 7 AM to 5 PM, every day of the year). That’s okay, though, because, really, early morning or late afternoon flights make for spectacular sunrises and sunsets! We promise you’ll be in awe at your first flight, taking off at first light.

What does flight training involve?
Learning to fly is not just all practical sequences. There are five theory exams that must be written alongside your training. Once you have taken a trial flight with us and decided you’ve been bitten by the flying bug, you will learn how to climb, descend and turn the aircraft. You will then progress to learning how to fly a ‘circuit’ and make landings unassisted.

As your confidence grows, you will be sent on your first solo flight – a flight that every pilot remembers with fondness. You will continue to fly with an instructor after your first solo until your skills are up to standard to receive an RA-Aus Pilot Certificate.

Make sure you also put aside time to prepare and study between lessons so that you can achieve your Pilot Certificate sooner rather than later – the number one problem with some students is that they’re understandably keen for the flying part but they forget about the theory, which is just as important. Flightscope Aviation runs full-time courses for those who are dedicated to achieving their certificates in the minimum period of time.

Who can get a Pilot Certificate?
RA-Aus is very flexible – students from 14 up to their mid-70s! As long as you have the health standard to drive a vehicle on public roads, you’re healthy enough to fly an RA-Aus aircraft – even if you have glasses!

Costs & Payment
At Flightscope, we keep things simple. Pay on the day, no need for upfront deposits. We don’t charge for fuel or headset rental.