Recreational flying is that done for private purposes, i.e. it is not of commercial or airline standards. It is regulated by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority via serviced, self-administering bodies.
The general rules of the air apply to all aviation – from major airlines down to small, privately owned acrobatic aircraft. However, the standards for aircraft and for pilots are lower, though still safe by any standard. Recreational aviation, though, is considered a ‘high-risk’ pursuit by Court precedents.
Recreational aviation includes gliders, hang-gliders, weight-shift trikes, gyrocopters, helicopters and ‘normal’ 3-axis aircraft. There is a general weight limitation of 600kgs and a passenger limit of 1 per aircraft.
Further information can be found at www.raa.asn.au
Learning to Fly
“When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned upward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return” – Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Learning to fly is no simple matter: it requires mental effort as well as the attainment of physical skills. We were not born with wings, and we have to learn the skill of flying. Nobody is a “born pilot”. However, with discipline and perseverance, most humans can become a pilot. Pilot licences are necessarily more difficult to attain because the inherent risks are higher. You have to deal with 3-dimensional movement, and the forces of nature are also more influential.
Your achievement in learning to fly may also prove useful in later life. You might decide to go on to become a professional pilot. You might apply for a position where being a pilot will be a valuable addition to your resume. Many professionals e.g. doctors, lawyers, vets, ag-consultants, use light aircraft to travel to see clients.
For more details, click here: Learning to Fly brochure