FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

RECREATIONAL PILOT PERMIT (RPP)


Q: How much does it cost to complete the training for the Recreational Pilot Permit (RPP)? 

A: Based on Transport Canada minimum requirements, the cost is approximately $7,310 CAD (see our RPP information sheet here for a detailed breakdown of training costs)


Q: How long will it take to complete the training for the Recreational Pilot Permit (RPP)? 

A: It depends on how often you are able to fly - our best estimates are as follows: 

  • 3 Months if you are able to fly at least 3 flights each week (Full Time)
  • 6 Months if you are able to fly at least 1 flight each week (Part Time)

Q: At what age can I begin training for the Recreational Pilot Permit (RPP)? 

A: You can be issued your Student Pilot Permit (SPP) at the age of 14 years to fly solo under supervision from your flight instructor, but you must be at least 16 years of age to be issued your Recreational Pilot Permit (RPP) in Canada. 


Q: What are the primary differences between a Recreational Pilot Permit (RPP) and a Private Pilot Licence (PPL)?

A: With a Recreational Pilot Permit (RPP) you are restricted to flying an aircraft with a maximum of four (4) seats with no more than one passenger on board during daylight, VFR conditions.

With a Private Pilot Licence (PPL) you are able to:

  • Achieve additional ratings such as the:
    • Night Rating for flying at night
    • VFR Over-The-Top Rating for flying above cloud
    • Instrument Rating for flying in cloud
    • Multi-Engine Rating for flying aircraft with more than one engine
  • Carry as many passengers are there are seats in the aircraft