Recreational Pilot Permit (RPP)

RPP PREREQUISITES

  • 16 years old
  • A medical certificate Category 1 or 3 delivered by a Civil Aviation Medical Examiners or category 4 delivered by your family physician

RPP PRIVILEGES

  • Fly for fun in a certified airplane, a homebuilt aircraft or an ultralight
  • Fly by day only, anywhere in Canada, with one passenger
  • Add a float rating to your permit​

The Recreational Permit is perfect if you want a first step in aviation. It is ideal if you want to buy your own little airplane and fly alone most of the time. The RPP also allows you to bring one passenger aboard to share the unique experience of flying. Except for a float rating you will not be able to add endorsements such as a night or instrument rating. But if you want to upgrade later on, your experience will count toward the requirements for a Private Pilot License.

The RPP is the most affordable and realistic way to fly just for fun!

REC - Recreational Pilot Permit

RPP REQUIREMENTS​

​​Ground School

Not mandatory but we recommend to study the 40h PPL groundschool in order to get the basic knowledge all pilots should have (self-study or in a classroom).

Flight training time
  • 25 hours total time including:
    – 5 hours solo
    – 15 hours dual (including 2 hours of dual cross country)
  • Written test (60% pass mark)
  • Flight test

Those requirements are the minimums set by transport Canada to pass the flight test. On average, students need around 35 hours total time to be ready.

 Official requirements from Transport Canada

AFTER THE TRAINING

  • Your RPP hours count toward a Private Pilot License if your want to upgrade!
  • Add a float rating

COST & DURATION OF TRAINING

Training is at student’s pace and convenience. The course can take 6-8 weeks full time, 4 months part time (at least 2 lessons a week is recommended)

The following estimate is based on Transport Canada minimums. The prices in Canadian Dollars may change anytime without notice. Feel free to consult us  for the most up to date rates.

Item Hours $/hour Total (CAD$)
Dual 18 213 3,834
Solo 7 153 1,071
Simulator – dual 0  110  0
Ground briefing 12 60 720
Total before taxes
    5,735
Taxes(5% GST)
  282
Total including taxes     5,907
Additional costs
Ground school 40 450
Books 300
Medical exam 160
Flight test examiner fee 450
Written test fee 105
Student permit/Radio license fee 60
English Proficiency test 60
TC licensing fee 55
Total     7,547

Duration and cost of the training may vary depending on each student availability, on the amount of self-study provided and also on the weather conditions.

On average a Recreational Pilot Permit costs around $8,000.