FAQ

Q – What is the minimum age requirement to fly Recreational Aircraft?

A – The minimum age to fly Recreational Aircraft SOLO is 15 years of age…you can start earlier of course, but you are not able to solo until you are at least 15.

Q – What is the minimum amount of training required to gain my RAAus pilots Certificate?

A – There is a minimum of 20 hours of training required – however, probably a more realistic figure is an average of 25+ hours…after all, its not about minimums, its about when you are safe.

Q – How do I gain an RAAus pilots certificate if I already have my PPL/CPL/ATPL?

A- It is a very simple procedure – the minimum amount of training required is 5 hours, in an RAAus aircraft at an authorized RAAus flying school. Of the 5 hours minimum training, 1 hour must be solo time.

Q – What do all the numbers mean on a RAAus registered aircraft?

A – Recreational aircraft types are divided into different categories that have been defined by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and are managed under arrangement with CASA by the recreational aviation governing body RAAus (Recreational Aviation Australia) – for more details CLICK HERE

Q – Where do I find out more about available aircraft kits?

A – There are many aircraft kits available for purchase to be able to build your very own aircraft…CLICK HERE to access the list of manufacturers

Q – Where can I fly my RAAus Aircraft with my RAAus pilot certificate?

A – Once you have gained your initial pilots certificate, you may seek to do further training (usually 5 – 10 hours) to gain your cross country endorsement. This will allow you to fly just about all over Australia, as long as you are outside of controlled airspace. In general, this means that you may fly in Visual Meteorological Conditions in class G or class E airspace. For more information CLICK HERE.

Q – Are Ultralights and Recreational Aircraft SAFE?

A – YES! Ultralights and Recreational Aircraft are VERY SAFE…some recreational aircraft are safer than their aging GA counterparts. Unlike old and aging GA training aircraft, many new recreational aircraft are built to the very highest standards using modern technology and techniques. In any case, RAAus aircraft are as safe, if not safer, than any other aircraft to fly…often it is not the aircraft that is unsafe, but the person flying it…By making sure YOU are OK to fly, and that your aircraft is airworthy and OK to fly before every fight will go a long way to ensuring safe flight.

Q – Can I do Aerobatics in my RAAus registered aircraft?

A – No. Aerobatics are not permitted in an aircraft that is registered RAAus.