Student Pilot Licence

Refer to CASR Division 61.A.3

Student Pilots

A person who does not hold a pilots licence is authorised to pilot an aircraft if any of the following situations occur:

  1. the pilot in command of the aircraft is a flight instructor and the flight is for the purpose of the person receiving flight training; or
  2. the flight is for a flight test for a pilot licence, or a rating or endorsement on a pilot licence, for the person; or
  3. the flight is:
    • approved by, and conducted under the supervision of, a flight instructor authorised by a Part 141 or 142 operator to conduct the supervision; and
    • conducted under the VFR; and
    • conducted in accordance with the flight instructor’s approval.

The legislation states that a flight is conducted under the supervision of a flight instructor if the instructor:

  1. provides guidance to the person in relation to the flight; and
  2. during the flight:
    • is on board the aircraft; or
    • is at the aerodrome from which the flight began; or
    • is flying within 15 nautical miles of the aerodrome reference point for the aerodrome from which the flight began; and
  3. can be contacted during the flight by radio or other electronic means.

Administrative Requirements

A student pilot is authorised to conduct a solo flight in an aircraft only if the student pilot has an ARN and is at least 15 years of age. A student pilot is not authorised to pilot an aircraft carrying passengers. A student pilot is not authorised to pilot an aircraft other than a registered aircraft.

Student Pilot Taxiing an Aircraft

A student pilot is authorised to taxi an aircraft if the student pilot is approved to taxi the aircraft by a flight instructor.

Identity Checks

CASA may, by written notice given to a student pilot, require the student pilot to provide evidence of his or her identity in accordance with paragraph 6.57(1)(a) of the Aviation Transport Security Regulations 2005. The student pilot commits an offence if CASA has not told the student pilot, in writing, that he or she has complied with the requirement and the student pilots an aircraft.

Medical Requirements

A student pilot is authorised to conduct the flight only if the student pilot holds a class 1 or 2 medical certificate and carries the medical certificate on the flight, or the student pilot holds a medical exemption for the flight and carries a copy of the exemption on the flight.

Recent Experience

A student pilot is authorised to conduct a solo flight in an aircraft only if the student pilot has, within the previous 14 days and in the same type of aircraft, successfully completed a dual flight check and as a result of the flight, his or her solo flight time since he or she last successfully completed a dual flight check would not exceed 3 hours (does not apply to the student pilot if the student pilot is enrolled in an integrated training course).