Sport and Recreation
Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) - previously referred to as UAV and UAS
Part 61 Pilot Licences and Ratings - Recreational Pilot Licence and
Advisory Circular AC 61-20 - Pilot Licences and Ratings - Recreational Pilot Licence
Amendment 9 to Part 61, which provides for the issue of a Recreational Pilot licence (Aeroplane) (RPL(A)), was signed by the Minister for Transport Safety on 1 April 2008 and came into force on 8 May 2008. The Recreational Pilot Licence is a new pilot licence type aimed at those experienced pilots who can no longer meet the medical requirements for a Class 2 medical certificate issued under the Act but who can still meet the driver licence medical standards for a Class 2, 3, 4, or 5 driver licence with passenger endorsement and who wish to continue flying an airworthiness certificated aeroplane for sport or recreation.
Advisory Circular AC 61-20 provides further information for those persons wishing to obtain a Recreational Pilot Licence and will assist you to complete the application form.
- AC61-20 Pilot Licences and Ratings - Recreational Pilot Licence
- Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL) Changes
- 24061/01-RPL - Application for Issue of Recreational Pilot Licence - (RPL) Aeroplane or Helicopter
- 24FPP (PDF)
- 24FPP (Word)
- 24FPPDEC (PDF)
- 24FPPDEC (Word)
- 24061/11 Form (PDF 55 KB) - Record of BFR – Demonstration of Continued Competency for RPL or PPL(A)
AC61-3 Pilot Licences and Ratings— Private Pilot Licence (PDF 660 KB) - For information on cross-crediting
AC103-1 Microlight Aircraft—Operating Rules (PDF 82 KB)
Building an Amateur-built Aircraft (PDF 76 KB)
This info sheet (a PDF for easy printing) steps you through the process of building and certifying an amateur-built aircraft. It has links to the various CAA forms you will require.
- Form CAA2115 Eligibility Statement Amateur-Built Aircraft
- Aircraft Maintenance Approval - Examination Syllabus Subject 60 - Maintenance Certification of Experimental Category Aircraft - July 2005
Guidance material is currently being developed for inclusion in a new Advisory Circular (AC) that is designed to assist pilots of hot air balloons comply with the general operating and flight rules contained in Part 91.
Hot air balloon pilots who are current and operating regularly, are invited to contact Mac Mccarthy, Flight Operations Inspector, to register their interest in assisting with the development of the document by reviewing draft material.
The CAA is keen to deliver safety messages to everyone flying, but people with Pilot/Parachutist Certificates issued by an organisation certificated under Part 149 do not currently receive Vector magazine. This is because those certificate holders are not entered on the CAA database, the source for mailing Vector.
If you hold such a certificate, we want to offer you a free subscription to Vector. Simply fill in the form below, or send us the details by email - we'll give you a CAA client number but there will not be a charge for the subscription.
Please remember to tell us when you change address.
- Form 24149-02 Request for Vector subscription for non-licensed aviation participants