Course Title: Theory to Recreational Pilot Licence

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Theory to Recreational Pilot Licence

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Point Cook Campus


110P SEH Portfolio Office


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018


Point Cook Campus


130T Vocational Engineering


Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Varinder Sohi

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0053

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Point Cook & City Campus

Course Coordinator Availability: By Email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


  1. AERO2465 Introduction to Aircraft
  2. AERO2467 Flying to Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL)

Note: It is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the pre-requisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course.

Course Description

This course enables you to develop an understanding of the basic aviation theory and principles required to sit the CASA Basic Aeronautical Knowledge (BAK) assessment and to complement the underpinning skills and knowledge required whilst undertaking the flying course AERO2467 Flying to RPL

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes (PLOs) for the Associate Degree in Aviation (Professional Pilots):

  • Demonstrate knowledge of underpinning theoretical aviation principles, and analyse information to complete a range of activities.
  • Demonstrate the application of skills and knowledge to adapt fundamental principles, concepts and techniques to known and unknown situations
  • Show initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in aviation practice; with communication and analytical skills to interpret and transmit responses to sometimes complex problems.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

  1. Define aviation terminology and abbreviations, aircraft four-stroke piston engines, fuels and oils, correct use of engine controls, and the cause, effect, and rectification of engine icing and their limitations. List the system malfunctions in the cockpit, actions taken by pilot to manage malfunctions, flight instruments. Describe the effects and repercussions of malfunctioning systems on pressure and gyroscopic flight instruments.
  2. Maintain a Pilot’s Log Book and flight training records, apply the restrictions pertaining to the carriage of passengers, various regulations, rules, and orders relating to the responsibilities of the pilot in command, the various regulations, rules, and orders relating to pre, during, and post flight pilot actions. Define the limitations of the Student Pilot Licence and the RPL and the rules of the air, discuss the general contents of the suite of CASA and Australian Government aviation rules, regulations and instructions, learn requirements of aerodrome operation including conditions relating to turns after take-off and joining the circuit for landing.
  3. Define the phonetic alphabet and standard terminology for transmitting numerals, aerodrome and local airspace standard radio terminology, radio failure procedures and operate the aircraft radio equipment correctly.
  4. Define the emergency procedures and action, engine and airframe limitations, operating speeds, fuel and oil types, quantities, and limitations, determine take-off and landing distances, calculate take-off and landing weight, aerodynamic components including Lift and Drag.
  5. Extract information from navigation documents including maps and charts, calculate time intervals, and convert units of measurement. Develop the knowledge of local weather, weather forecasts and reports, and state the significance of various weather observations.
  6. Explain the importance of basic health on pilot performance, differences and intervals for the frequency of Class 2 and Class 1 pilot medical examinations, effects of alcohol and drugs in the human body, effects of altitude and atmospheric pressure changes on the body, the basic anatomy of the human ear, human factor considerations in the context of aviation safety and the basic principles of threat and error management.

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are:

  • Attendance at lectures where syllabus material will be presented and explained.
  • Completion of class exercises consisting of numerical calculations and other factors requiring an integrated understanding of the subject matter; and
  • Self-study, working through the course as presented in classes, information gathered from practical demonstrations and learning materials, and gaining practice at solving flight related calculations

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be required to use CASA and other texts and as well as receiving classroom handouts. Videos, practical demonstrations and discussions in the classroom will enhance your learning.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements. 

Assessment Task 1: Online Tests
Weighting towards final grade (%): 30
This task assesses all the learning outcomes:
CLO’s 1-6

Assessment Task 2: Pre-solo Test
Weighting towards final grade (%): 10
This task assesses all the learning outcomes:
CLO’s 1,2,3,4 & 6.

Assessment Task 3: Prearea Solo Test
Weighting towards final grade (%): 10
This task assesses all the learning outcomes:
CLO’s 1-6

Assessment Task 4: AROC Test
Weighting towards final grade (%): 10
This task assesses the following learning outcomes:

Assessment Task 5: BAK Exam
Weighting towards final grade (%): 40
This task assesses all the learning outcomes:
CLO’s  1-6