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Recreational Pilot Permit

Recreational Training

A recreational pilot permit has many additional restrictions over a private pilot license but that doesn't mean that it might not be the right choice for you. It's perfect for students too young to hold a full private license but ready to fly without supervision, or for pilots who just want to fly for fun.  If you decide to upgrade to a Private License down the road, its an easy upgrade!

Entrance Requirements

Must hold a minimum of a category 4 Aviation medical certificate

No minimum age to start!  Must be 14 years or older to hold a student pilot permit, 16 years old to hold the recreational permit. 

Course Contents

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


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

Test: PSTAR (90% to pass)

Allows students to fly solo  while under the supervision of a flight instructor.  No passengers may be carried at any time.

Recreational Pilot Permit

Age: 16

Medical: Category 4

Test: RPPAE/ PPEAR (60% to pass) 

         Recreational Pilot Flight Test

Allows pilots to fly a single engine aircraft with a maximum of 1 single  passenger anywhere in Canada during daylight VFR conditions only.   


Private Pilot License

Age: 17

Medical: Category 3

Test: PPEAR (60% to pass)

          Private Pilot Flight Test

Allows pilots 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. 

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