The old GFPT is now replaced by recreational pilots licence. By transitioning to part 61 CASA has tried to streamline the gap between pilots who have been under the ambit of recreational aviation Australia (RA-Aus) flying ultralights & Light sport aircraft (LSA) and pilots flying a more conventional VH registered aircraft under the ambit of CASA. The pilot certificate which is issued by RA-Aus is now equivalent to Recreational Pilots Licence(RPL).
For a student who has been training in a ultralight aircraft or LSA; now has the chance to recognise his pilot certificate and apply to CASA by simply filling a form and getting a RPL issued. The student is required to undergo a flight review, which can be conducted by a grade 2 or a grade 1 Flight Instructor on any aircraft under 1500kgs including a conventional aircraft such as Cessna or a Piper.
In our eyes this is the end of flight training in a VH register conventional aircraft such as a C152, C172 or Piper Warrior. Why train on a aircraft which would cost the student upwards of $350 ph? The new rules allows you to complete your training in a LSA or ultralight and recognising it towards a RPL for as little as $199ph.
CASA has taken a bold move and its welcomed by the industry as it will make flight training more affordable to the masses and reduce the red tape around getting a pilots licence.