Privileges, limitations and conditions of the RAMPC
Q. What are the privileges and limitations of flying with a Recreational Aviation Medical Practitioner's Certificate?
You can fly a single engine piston aircraft (fixed wing or helicopter) up to 1500kg MTOW, under day VFR only. These conditions apply even if you are carrying another pilot in a control seat. If you are currently permitted to operate cross country and in controlled airspace, you may continue to do so as long as the aircraft is suitably equipped and maintained and you have completed a flight review within the last two years.
You must not fly above 10,000 feet AMSL or conduct aerobatics, and there is a limit of one passenger. However, these three conditions are removed if a control seat is occupied by an appropriately qualified pilot who holds a Class 1 or Class 2 medical. If you wish to conduct aerobatics, the ‘safety pilot' must be endorsed for aerobatics.
In other words, a ‘safety pilot' must be qualified to conduct the flight in that aircraft, at that location, and in that type of operation.
For further information on the limitations if the Recreational Aviation Medical Practitioner's Certificate, please refer to the Fact Sheet.
Q. If I have a Recreational Aviation Medical Practitioner's Certificate, can I fly Night VFR, IFR or under a PIFR?
No, it is condition that you must fly day VFR only.
Q. If I have a Recreational Aviation Medical Practitioner's Certificate, can I fly over populous areas?
Yes, you can fly over populous or built up areas as long as the aircraft being flown has a certificate of airworthiness which allows this, and the aircraft is appropriately maintained. The minimum height requirements detailed in CAR 157 still apply and the aircraft must be operated in a manner that it can glide clear of persons and buildings on the ground in the event of a serious failure.
Q. If I have a Recreational Aviation Medical Practitioner's Certificate, can I fly in controlled airspace?
Yes. You can fly in Class C or D airspace as long as you are qualified to do so, and your aircraft is suitably equipped and maintained.
Q. Can I fly a helicopter on a Recreational Aviation Medical Practitioner's Certificate?
Yes, as long as it is a single engine piston helicopter up to1500kg MTOW and you are appropriately licensed.
Q. Can I do my flight training using a Recreational Aviation Medical Practitioner's Certificate? Can I go solo?
Yes. As a student pilot you can fly with the driver licence medical, including solo flight, as long as you comply with the conditions of the CASA instrument. All other existing CASA regulations still apply, such as the need for a pass in the General Flying Progress Test (GFPT) before you can carry a passenger. You can visit a Designated Aviation Medical Examiner at any time during your training to be assessed for a Class 1 or Class 2 medical certificate.
Q. Can I sit for a RPL, PPL, or CPL flight test while operating under a driver's licence medical ?