Recreational Pilot Permit

Recreational Permit VS. Private Pilot License

A recreational permit is ideal for students who are only interested in flying for fun. While there are some special advantages, there are also some limitations so its important to know what works best for you.   If you have a recreational permit already, the PPL is an easy upgrade when you are ready for more!  

Student Pilot Permit

Age 14

Medical category 4

Tests: PSTAR (90% to pass)

Allows students to fly solo under the supervision of an instructor.  No passengers may be carried. 

Recreational Pilot Permit

Age 16

Medical Category 4


           (60% to pass) 

            Recreational Flight Test

Allows pilots to fly a single engine with up to 3 passengers anywhere in Canada during daylight VFR conditions.  


Private Pilot License

Age 17

Medical Category 3

Test: PPEAR (60% to pass)

          Private Pilot Flight Test

Allows pilot to fly a Canadian registered single engine, non-high performance aircraft anywhere in the world. A PPL license can be validated with additional ratings for more flexibility. 


must be 14 years or older to hold a student pilot permit, 16 years old to hold the recreational permit. 

RPPAE or PPEAR written exam 60% overall and

  • 60% in all 4 mandatory areas (air law, navigation, meteorology and aeronautics)

25 hours of flight training including

  • 15 hours minimum dual flight time including

    • 2 hours dual cross country

  • 5 hours solo flight time


Note that like all flight training, recreational permits are subject to a number of factors which may influence both the time and the cost of your training. The prices listed below are for reference only and are subject to change with limited notice. 

Flight Kit                                                                                  360.00

Ground school (optional but recommended)               350.00

20 hours  Dual                                                                    4,960.00

5 hours Solo                                                                            895.00

Written exam                                                                            35.00

Flight Test                                                                               400.00

Administration Fees                                                               60.00

Total:                                                                              7,060.00 +gst