The Recreational Pilot Permit enables you to fly during daytime VFR conditions, in any Canadian registered single-engine land-based airplane within Canada that seats no more than 4 people. With an RPP, you are able to upgrade to a Private Pilot License. With the permit on its own, it is adequate for those who wish only to carry one passenger at a time if any, and stick to the lower-performance aircraft. It is a good first step on your way to your Private Pilot License.
In order to obtain your RPP, you must complete a total of 25 hours of flight time, including:
Bear in mind that figures are the legal minima as governed by Transport Canada, most students will require further training and / or practice in order to reach the necessary skill to be able to complete the flight test. Applicants for the RPP who have previously earned other flying qualifications, such as a glider pilot license, may have some flight time credited from previous experience.
All RPP students must be proficient in knowledge of such subjects as
Knowledge of the outlined subjects will be tested by way of a written exam (RPPAE), which must be successfully completed (60%) by the student.
Once a student has successfully completed the minimum amount of flight time AND successfully passed the flight test AND successfully passed the written examination, the recreational pilot permit will be issued.
Regardless of long or short term personal goals, ALL APPLICANTS MUST:
While the minimum age to hold the license is 16 years of age, an applicant may begin training, complete their flight test, and complete their examination before their 16th birthday. If they meet all of the requirements prior to their 16th birthday, the issuance of the license will be witheld until they turn 16.