After learning to fly, the next logical step is to use this new found skill to travel. During the Cross Country endorsement / PPL phase you will learn to plan flights, navigate, and how to deal with unexpected changes in conditions during a flight. Once you have finished this stage, you are free to explore the entire country by air.
During this training you learn how to prepare a flight, interpret weather, learn how to navigate, land on a variety of different surfaces, learn lost procedures, diversions, and Emergency Procedures as well as how to get yourself into and out of, a range of Airports.
To hold the RPL you need to be 16 years of age, and to hold the PPL you need to be 17 years of age. The Private Pilot Licence requires you to hold at least a Class 2 Medical.
The PPL does have a written exam as part of the training. The subjects studied cover the following seven subjects: Flight Rules and Air Law, Aerodynamics, Meteorology, Navigation, Flight Planning, Human Factors and Engines and Systems. The exam is relatively straightforward and designed for the Pilot intending to fly for recreational purposes only.