Recreational pilot licence (aeroplane) exam - RPLA

Find out what you need when sitting your recreational pilot licence (aeroplane) exam including permitted materials and pass rates.

The RPLA exam includes multiple-choice questions and questions where you type a whole number in a box.

You have 2 hours to complete the exam and to pass, you need to get at least 70% of the marks.

The exams cost $182.38 each ($117.38 invigilator fee and $65 CASA fee).

Preparing for your exam

The exams will test your knowledge on the syllabus in Part 61 Manual of Standards (MOS) schedule 3 - units 1.1.1 BAKC, 1.1.2 RBKA, unit 1.5.1 RFRC, unit 1.8.1 RMTC and 1.6.1 PHFC.

You should also know the RPL, PPL and CPL (Aeroplane) workbook (PDF 643kB).

Permitted material

You may use either the Airservices list or Jeppesen list of permitted materials. You need to supply these materials.

You cannot use a combination of materials from both the Airservices list and the Jeppesen list.

Airservices list

CAR 1988

Part 61 of CASR

Part 91 of CASR and Part 91 MOS

AIP Book

ERSA

AUS PCA

CASR Part 91 plain English guide

Visual Flight Rules Guide (VFRG)

Navigation equipment

A basic calculator

Jeppesen list

CAR 1988

Part 61 of CASR

Part 91 of CASR and Part 91 MOS

Jeppesen Airway Manual

AUS PCA

CASR Part 91 plain English guide

Visual Flight Rules Guide (VFRG)

Navigation equipment

A basic calculator

The Visual Flight Rules Guide (VFRG) and the CASR Part 91 plain English guide may not have current information. If you choose to use these documents, make sure you also have other materials to help with current laws and procedures.

The VFRG referred to in the lists of permitted material is the document produced by us and not by another party or organisation.

Your invigilator will give you some things before the exam, which you must hand back at the end. These include:

Pass rates

You can see how candidates performed in their RPLA exam.

Year 0 - 54% 55 - 59% 60 - 64% 65 - 69% 70 - 74% 75 - 79% 80+% Pass rate
2020 12.23 7.66 11.92 12.83 13.75 13.75 27.86 55.35%
2021 16.44 8.98 9.82 12.33 14.61 14.16 23.67 52.44%
2022 15.99 7.18 10.64 12.27 13.71 12.53 27.68 53.92%
2023 15.01 8.26 9.63 12.88 13.32 13.63 27.27 54.22%

Check the results of candidates from previous years.

Fuel policy in RPLA exams

Our Flight Crew Licence exams reference policies related to fuel usage and reserves.

In your RPLA exam, fuel reserves will be carried in accordance with CASR Part 91 MOS, Chapter 19, table 19.02 (2), Item 1. This applies to aeroplanes with MTOW less than 5,700 kg (piston engine or turboprop) under VFR by day.

We recommend you avoid rounding off at intermediate stages of your workings when calculating fuel requirements in your exam.

Common errors

The following areas have been weak areas for candidates:

  • glide speeds and lift/drag ratio
  • effect of wind shear on aircraft performance
  • interpretation of meteorological forecasts and requirements
  • local winds; sea breeze, land breeze, anabatic and katabatic winds, etc.
  • use of the take-off and landing charts.
Last updated:
5 Feb 2024
Online version available at: https://www.casa.gov.au//licences-and-certificates/pilots/pilot-and-flight-crew-exams/pilot-exams/recreational-pilot-licence-aeroplane-exam-rpla
Back to top of page