RECREATIONAL PILOT PERMIT
The Recreational Pilot Permit allows you to fly single-engine aircraft up to 4 seats, however it comes with a number of restrictions that are not imposed on Private Pilot License holders
Students must be at least 14 years old to start training, and must be 16 years old to have their permit signed off.
As well, you must have a valid medical. A category 1 or 3 medical must be obtained through a Transport Canada Certified Aviation Medical Examiner, though a category 4 medical can be obtained through your family doctor.
You must also be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language
Ground school is not required by Transport Canada for this permit. However, it is recommended that students complete at least forty hours of ground school, covering Air Law, Meteorology, Navigation and Aeronautical General Knowledge.
MINIMUM FLYING REQUIREMENTS
This permit requires students to complete a minimum of twenty five hours of in flight training consisting of eighteen hours of dual flying, seven hours of solo flying and approximately four hours of ground instruction.
Demonstrating proficiency throughout this process and preparing for the flight test usually requires more time than the Transport Canada minimums. Accounting for these additional hours we usually advise that students budget $12,000-$15,000 plus GST to spend on their training
Non-Flying Expenses Include:
Pilot kit (everything required for private and commercial training) – $295
Recreational Pilot Permit ground school, (optional) – $250
Written Exam – $110
English Proficiency Test – $100
Flight Test Fee – $400
Licence Sign Off Fee – $75
HOW LONG IS THIS GOING TO TAKE?
Timeline depends on student dedication and availability
WHAT CAN I DO WITH AN RPP?
Fly anywhere within Canada
Fly with 1 passenger only
Fly single engine aircraft with a maximum seating capacity of 4
Fly during the day in safe weather that allows you to maintain visual contact with the ground
YOU CAN NOT
Fly with more than 1 passenger
Fly anywhere outside of Canada
Fly at night
Fly in weather conditions where you cannot maintain visual contact with the ground
Fly aircraft with more than 1 engine or more than 4 seats
Fly high performance aircraft
Obtain additional ratings to fly larger aircraft or in other conditions