If you would like to commence your pilot training, there are a few things that we recommend you attend to. As a minimum, you require the following:

  1. Aviation Reference Number (ARN)

An ARN is your unique reference number, used by CASA to monitor your licences, ratings, medicals, etc. You can complete your ARN online here.

  1. Medical

Complete Class 1 prior to issue of Commercial Pilot Licence, and Class 2 prior to undertaking a solo flight or issuing a Private Pilot Licence. There is a list of Designated Aviation Medical Examiners (DAME) listed here on the casa website. The cost of a medical varies, however, your initial medical will cost between $300-$500.

  1. Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC)

You are required to wear an ASIC airside at any security-controlled airport. An ASIC can take up to 6 weeks to be assessed and issued, so we recommend you apply early. You can apply for an ASIC here. The cost of an ASIC is approximately $200.

  1. Headset

We recommend a Bose A20 noise-cancelling headset. This is a comfortable headset that protects your hearing. The cost of the Bose A20 with Bluetooth is approximately $1,395.

  1. Kneeboard

We recommend you purchase a kneeboard to aid with navigation exercises. The costs of kneeboards vary, however, for $50 you should be able to purchase a suitable model.

It is recommended that you log on to the CASA website and sign up for the self-service portal to track any applications that you submit to CASA.

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