Pilot Permit - Ultralight Aeroplane Requirements
An applicant shall be a minimum of 16 years of age and shall hold a Category 4 Medical Certificate valid for a Pilot Permit - Ultralight Aeroplane. To meet the Category 4 medical standards an applicant must meet the medical conditions specified and then sign the Civil Aviation Medical Declaration. The medical validity period for the permit holder is 60 months. The Ultralight Permit is maintained by a valid Category 1, 3, or 4 Medical Certificate. The Category 4 medical self declaration form can be downloaded here.
An applicant shall have completed ultralight aeroplane ground school, and obtained a minimum of 90 per cent on the written examination Pilot Permit - Ultralight Aeroplane (ULTRA).
Within the 24 months preceding the date of application for the permit, an applicant shall have acquired in ultralight aeroplanes under the direction and supervision of the holder of a Flight Instructor Rating - Ultralight Aeroplane (or Aeroplane) a minimum of 10 hours of total flight time, including: a minimum of five hours dual instruction flight time and two hours solo flight time, and a minimum of 30 takeoffs and landings, including a minimum of 10 as sole occupant.
Within the 12 months preceding the date of application for the permit, an applicant shall submit to the Minister a letter from the holder of a Flight Instructor Rating - Ultralight Aeroplane, or the holder of a Flight Instructor Rating - Aeroplane certifying that the applicant has demonstrated the ability to perform both normal and emergency manoeuvres appropriate to the ultralight aeroplane used for the training program, and with a degree of competency appropriate to that of the holder of a Pilot Permit - Ultralight Aeroplane.
When the experience requirements for the Ultralight Permit have been met, in whole or in part, on powered parachutes, the permit, when issued, shall be restricted to powered parachutes. The restriction shall be removed when the experience requirements have been met on ultralight aeroplanes, other than powered parachutes. For the issue of an Pilot Permit - Ultralight Aeroplane restricted to powered parachutes, the 10 hours total flight time shall be reduced to five hours and the five hours dual instruction flight time shall be deemed to have been met.
Pilot permits or licences higher than the Ultralight Permit carry the privilege of flying ultralight aircraft. Since the majority of ultralight aircraft are very different from certified aircraft COPA highly recommends that pilots get an aircraft type check prior to flying any type of ultralight aircraft.