Course Title: Theory to Private Pilot Licence

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Theory to Private 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,
Sem 2 2018


Point Cook Campus


130T Vocational Engineering


Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016




110P SEH Portfolio Office


Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Varinder Sohi

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0053

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Point Cook Campus

Course Coordinator Availability: via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


1. Flying to Private Pilot Licence (PPL)


1. Theory to Recreational Pilot License (RPL) 


1. Holder of a CASA RPL


Course Description

This course will complement the underpinning skills and knowledge required for the flying course AERO 2470 Flying to PPL and prepares you to undertake the CASA PPL Theory examination.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs):

  • 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
  • Taking responsibility and accountability for own learning and work in collaboration with others within broad parameters

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) 

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  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. Define 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.
  3. Extract information from navigation documents including maps and charts, calculate time intervals, and convert units of measurement. Demonstrate knowledge of local weather, weather forecasts and reports, and state the significance of various weather observations.
  4. Define Aircraft Operations, Performance and Flight Planning to meet the requirements of the CASA Private Pilots Theory Examination
  5. Define the limitations of the Recreational Pilot Licence and the rules of the air, 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.
  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 tutorial questions and possibly workshop projects designed to give further practice in the application of flying theory to given situations, and to give feedback on student progress and understanding;
  • 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.

Prescribed Texts:

Dyson-Holland Val; PPL/CPL Texts (Aeroplanes only) D-H Training Systems, Australia.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

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

Assessment Task 2: Individual Assignment
Weighting towards the final grade (%): 30
This task assesses the following learning outcomes:
CLO’s 1-6

Assessment Task 3: Group Report
Weighting towards the final grade (%): 40
This task assesses the following learning outcomes:
CLO’s 1-6

Note: You will be required to pass the external CASA PPL Theory examination in order to attempt a CASA PPL Flight Test