The Recreational Pilot Permit allows you to:
A Recreational Permit may be upgraded to a Private Licence which will allow you to train for additional ratings.
The Recreational Pilot Permit program is divided into two separate related paths, ground school, and air instruction. Ground school will provide you with the required background knowledge and understandings to successfully pass the written examination, while the air instruction and solo practice will provide you with the skills required to succeed at the flight test.
A minimum age of sixteen (16) years old is required for a Recreational Pilot Permit. However, flight training can be started as early as fourteen (14) years of age, as that is the minimum age required to obtain a student pilot permit.
All pilots are required to have a Medical Certificate. There are four categories of medical certificates and the process of obtaining a certificate will differ depending on the category and your age.
The Medical examination must be performed by a Civil Aviation Medical Examiner. The fee for the examination will vary with the individual examiner but is usually between $90.00 and $150.00. This fee is not normally covered under any medical plans.
More information about specific medical requirements based on the category you’re applying for can be found here:
Ground school is not a requirement for the Permit. However, it’s recommended that you take ground school classes to help ensure that you have at least the minimum knowledge to pass the written exam. The ground school must be conducted in a classroom setting and includes the following topics:
Students will be required to demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the required subjects by obtaining a mark of no less than 60% on the written examination, Pilot Permit Recreational- Aerorplane or Private Pilot License – Aeroplane. The written examination is divided into four mandatory areas:
The written examination is a bilingual computer-based exam which is administered by Transport Canada. The questions are in a multiple-choice format.
Air instruction is separated into dual instruction and solo practice. During dual instruction, students will be introduced to new exercises and practice previous exercises. Once a level of skill and competence has been reached students will fly solo in the aircraft to practice the air exercises.
You must complete a minimum of 25 hours flight training of which shall include a minimum of:
The remainder of the time requirements will be made of dual and solo training and practice.
Transport Canada requires that a minimum of 25 hours of flight training be completed while on course; however courses are usually designed on a more realistic expectation of training requirements.
Following the completion of your flight training, you will be required to complete a flight test. The flight test is conducted by a flight test examiner in an aircraft. During the flight test, you will be tested on your understanding of aircraft performance, aircraft systems, emergency procedures, and navigational skills. Additionally, your performance of the required air exercises will be tested to the standard outlined in the Flight Test Guide Recreational Pilot Permit – Aeroplane. Being familiar with this guide before your flight test will allow you to know exactly what to expect and to approach and handle it with more confidence.
The latest Study and Reference Guide for the Recreational Pilot Permit can be found on the Transport Canada publications website:
The latest Flight Test Guide for the Recreational Pilot Permit can be found on the Transport Canada publications website:
Optional but nice to have:
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