Course Title: Flying to Recreational Pilot Licence

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Flying to Recreational Pilot Licence

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Point Cook Campus


130T Vocational Engineering


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


Point Cook Campus


174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Michael Heffey

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9394 9999

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Point Cook Campus

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


1. AERO2465 Introduction to Aircraft

2. AERO2466 Theory to RPL.

You will need to be able to gain the following before being allowed to fly solo:
• A CASA Class 1 Medical, however a CASA Class 2 Medical will suffice during CPL training
• A CASA Aviation Reference Number (ARN),
• A CASA Student Pilot licence (SPL or equivalent),
• A CASA Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC) - this will involve a Police check.
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 is the first course where you will learn to fly and manage a single engine aeroplane. You will be using a basic training aircraft at the Point Cook Campus.
This course will prepare you to fly towards RPL level; and build on the knowledge gained in AERO 2466 Theory to RPL.
You will be equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to undertake an assessment to RPL(or equivalent) level as per CASA regulations.
The flying hours in this course are designed to meet the CASA requirements and you will have the option to pay for any additional flying hours through a material fee should additional flight training be required.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Demonstrate knowledge of underpinning theoretical aviation principles, and analyse information to complete a range of activities.
  • Ability to apply a depth of knowledge in a range of industry practice fundamentals in contexts that are subject to change, and adapt knowledge and skills in a range of contexts.
  • Utilise a systems approach to operational activities to identify, analyse and evaluate information and concepts from a range of sources.
  • Communicate effectively, not only within the aviation sector but with the community at large, and to transmit information and skills to others.
  • 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): 

On completion of this course you should be able to:
1. Communicate effectively in English in the aviation environment
2. Manage pre and post flight actions
3. Manage flight systems
6. Managing flight
7. Managing threats and errors
8. Control the aeroplane on the ground
9. Take-off of the aeroplane in a variety of conditions
10. Control the aeroplane in normal flight conditions
11. Land the aeroplane in a variety of conditions
12. Execute advance manoeuvres and procedures
13. Manage the abnormal situations
14. Perform manoeuvres using instruments
15. Recover from spin

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning in this course will occur through Lectures, Tutorials, Assignments, Practical Demonstration (flight training devices), Classroom Discussion, Handouts, and Presentations. You will participate in classroom theory lessons and use aircraft based at the Point Cook Campus.
You will have pre-flight briefings, one-on-one instructor briefings, in-flight practical demonstrations and practice, post-flight briefings using a variety of teaching aids.

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:

Flight Test 1

Weighting towards final grade  (%): 50%

This assessment supports all CLO’s 1- 15 


Assessment Task 2:

Final flight test

Weighting towards final grade  (%): 50%

This assessment supports all CLO’s 1-15

Practical demonstration to a CASA approved test testing officer of the flying competence of the student to Recreational Pilot Licence standard (Previously GFPT) as specified by CASA in accordance with the CASA Manual of Standards

Note: RMIT will facilitate your CASA RPL (or equivalent) flight test and the associated cost of the first attempt is incorporated in the course fee.