The Recreational Pilot Permit (RPP) is designed for people who want to complete their training in the shortest timeframe in order to fly small aircraft with a maximum of one passenger.

The RPP differs from the Private Pilot Licence in that it is only a permit, not a licence. As such, there are some very specific limitations:

The permit only allows for flying single-engine aircraft with up to four seats, but only with one passenger on board at any given time and only in Canada. As it is only a permit, you may be restricted in your ability to add additional ratings.

Transport Canada may allow credit for some RPP time towards a Private Pilot Licence if you decide to carry on, but it is done on a case-by-case basis without any guarantees.


There is no requirement for ground school, however we recommend taking the Private Pilot Ground School to avoid difficulty passing the written exam.



Medical Category 4, 3 or 1
Age 14 years old to hold the Student Pilot Permit
16 years old to hold the Recreational Pilot Permit upon completion
Language Read and Write English

You can start your training before completing your medical, but we suggest you do the medical first to make sure there are no issues that would preclude you from holding the Student Pilot Permit or actual permit, licence or rating once you are done.


Total Flight Time: 25 hours, including:
15 hrs Dual (2 hrs cross-country)
5 hrs Solo
Flight Test Recreational Pilot Permit Flight Test
Ground School Self-Study
Written Exam 60% Pilot Permit Recreational - Aeroplane (RPPAE)

Expanded explanations of the RPP prerequisites and training requirements can be found at Transport Canada.

*PTIB Approval not required.