Course Title: Recreational Pilot Licence (Theory)

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Recreational Pilot Licence (Theory)

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

This course is designed for industry personnel. 

Flexible Terms

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RMIT Flight Training - Bendigo


110P SEH Portfolio Office


UGRDFlex21 (ARMY),

UGRDFlex21 (All)

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

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 is tailor-designed for industry. The course aims to provide you with the required aviation theoretical knowledge for the Basic Aeronautical Knowledge (BAK) assessments as detailed in the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Manual of Standards (MOS). 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Identify and analyse the privileges, limitations and medical requirements of student for Recreational Pilot Licence. 
  2. Interpret the Civil Aviation Safety Standard (CASA) and Australian government aviation rules, regulations and instructions relating to pre, during, and post flight pilot actions that related to Australian Air Law. 
  3. Define the key terminology and abbreviations in the field of aviation.  
  4. Identify the components of Aircraft Engines, and their controls and functions.  
  5. Develop an understanding of other vital aircraft systems including fuel, oil, ignition, Electrical, braking and flight instrumentation.  
  6. Compare the different types of drag and the effects of speed and weight. 
  7. Identify weather phenomena that can be hazardous to aviation.  
  8. Develop the ability to identify cloud types and the associated weather.

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course, you will learn through the following activities: 

  • Attendance to online lectures where syllabus material will be presented and explained. 
  • Completion of online activities consisting of numerical calculations and other factors requiring an integrated understanding of the subject matter 
  • Self-study, working through the course as presented online, information gathered from practical demonstrations and learning materials. 

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be required to use CASA and other texts and as well as receiving online materials. Videos, practical demonstrations and discussions online will enhance your learning. 

Prescribed Texts:

Basic aeronautical knowledge: for the RPL David Robson; Aviation Theory Centre (Melbourne, Vic.) Fourth edition 2018 

*Electronic books will be made available for students. 

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.  

Assessment Tasks  

 Assessment Task Weighting (%)  CLOs
 Assessment Task 1: BAK Air Law Online Test 35 1& 2
 Assessment Task 2: BAK Aircraft General Knowledge Online Test  30  3-6 
 Assessment Task 3: BAK Meteorology Online Test 30 

7& 8