Recreational Pilot Permit

Beginning Your New Beginnings

Priveleges of an RPP

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.

Training Syllabus

In order to obtain your RPP, you must complete a total of 25 hours of flight time, including:


  • 15 hours of dual instruction, including
    • 3 hours of dual cross-country instruction; and
  • 5 hours of solo flight time.


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


  • Air Law;
  • Navigation;
  • Meteorology; and
  • Aeronautics


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.


There are no prerequisites required to begin your pilot training.