Recreational Pilot Permit

The holder of a recreational pilot permit may, under day VFR conditions, act as pilot-in-command of a single engine aircraft that is not a high-performance aeroplane and seats a maximum of four persons.  No more than one passenger is to be carried on board and flights are limited to Canadian Airspace with a Recreational Pilot Permit (RPP).

Transport Canada defines the minimum requirements for the Recreational Pilot Permit as follows:

  • 25 hours flight experience in an aircraft with a Certificate of Airworthiness.
  • The applicant must have completed a minimum of 15 hours dual training, which must include a 2-hour cross-country, and 5 hours solo flight time.


The pre-requisites for this permit are:

  • 16 years of age
  • a valid Category 1, 3, or Category 4 Medical Certificate


The minimum costs (from Visions Flight Services) to obtain this permit are:

15 hrs dual $750
5 hrs supervised solo $250
5 hrs of combined dual and supervised solo $250
Total * $1250

* These are the minimum fees that you would pay to us for the instructor’s time. All aircraft costs for the flight training are in addition to these numbers.

** The RPP does require written examinations for the PSTAR, radio operators certificate, and the RPPAE. Also, there is a flight test, and finally an Aviation-Language Proficiency Test. All these will have their own additional fees associated with them.

*** TC currently charges $30 for their filing fees.

**** Although ground school is not required, we suggest at least 20 hours of ground school instruction to ensure passing the RPPAE written exam.