RAA to GA Conversions

RA-Aus certificate holders wanting to convert to general aviation are welcome at the Darling Downs Aero Club. Holding GA qualifications opens the door to more advanced flight training such as a night rating, instrument rating, aerobatics, or a commercial pilot licence. 

Our instructors can assist you to master flight in controlled airspace, to fly by reference to instruments alone, and demystify navigation aids.

With the Darling Downs Aero Club, you can convert your RA-Aus Certificate to a Recreational Pilot Licence and enjoy family trips away in one of our 4 seat aircraft. Alternatively, you can upgrade to a Private Pilot Licence with the ability to complete a night rating or instrument rating in the future.

Requirements to Convert

  • Be at least 16 years of age (for an RPL conversion) or 17 years of age (for a PPL conversion)
  • Hold a pass in the relevant theory exam
  • Satisfy the requirements of the CASA Manual of Standards (our CFI has the lawful authority to determine this).

Meet the following aeronautical experience for a PPL:

  • 40 Hours flight time in a 'recognised' or 'registered' or 'group A ultralight'
  • 5 Hours flight time as pilot in command
  • 5 Hours cross country flight time as pilot in command
  • 2 Hours instrument flight time in a civil registered aircraft
  • 1 solo flight of at least 150nm with 1 full stop landing at 2 or more airfields away from the training area