Focus on the flying and choose a pathway later.

Thinking about obtaining your pilot licence but are unsure what you want to do with it once you have attained it? There’s a number of career paths for pilots, and you don’t have to decide right away.

Are learning to fly to pursue a professional career in general and/or commercial aviation, or you just want to fly for fun?

Regulation developments at the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and Recreational Aviation Australia (RAAus) put even more pressure on budding pilots to choose their pathway early. LTF provide a seamless transition between the available options should you change your mind during the course.

Nevertheless, choosing which pathway to follow is a big decision so we’ve put together everything you need to know when planning your next steps. At Learn To Fly, we believe in flexibility and diversity. In our instructors, students and courses.


RAAus can issue Recreational Pilot Certificates (RPCs). Emerging aviators should pursue this option if they don’t require the additional benefits and privileges offered by a Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL) and above.

Achieving your RPC is a good starting place to help aviators gain their footing in this entirely new world. This certificate also provides students with the opportunity to pursue several additional endorsements. It’s a great way to get started in aviation.

There are some restrictions with this certificate; however, with flights made by the pilot limited to 1–2 seater aircraft that can fly with a maximum total take-off weight of 600 kgs only.

On the other hand, for obtaining a pilot licence at this level, medical requirements are the same as having a driver’s licence and performing a pre-flight self assessment.

Students may decide that they wish to continue their pursuits in the aviation profession during their RPC program. Here at Learn To Fly, these students are given the opportunity to smoothly transition into one of our other training programs and effortlessly continue their aviation adventure.


Getting your RPL is the first major stage in pursuing a career in General Aviation and as a career paths for pilots. RPL holders can carry 3 passengers compared to RPC holders who can only carry one. RPL holders can also fly aircraft with a 1500 kg Maximum Take Off Weight (MTOW) while RPC holders can only fly 600 kg MTOW.

In order to convert the RPC to an RPL, you will need to do a 2-hour instrument flying and flight review on a GA registered aircraft.

Getting your RPL puts you on the pathway to achieving your Private Pilot Licence (PPL) and eventually your Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL), and with these, you can enter general and/or commercial aviation as a professional aviator.

Students may decide to continue along the professional aviation pathway after achieving their RPC and/or RPL. The team here at Learn To Fly will work with our students to ensure they are aware of the process and coached appropriately.

The training and experience offered by Learn To Fly’s capable instructors means we offer the highest standard flight education. Whether you have chosen to pursue a professional aviation career or are aspiring to become a recreational pilot, your training will be equally valuable and will help you achieve your goals.

Still unsure? Contact Learn To Fly with your questions and start your flight training today.

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