Recreational Pilot Permit - Aeroplane

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 License in that it is only a permit, not a license. As such, there are some very specific limitations.



Act as Pilot-in-Command under day visual flight rules (VFR) in Canada only

  • may carry no more than one passenger

  • in a single engine aeroplane

  • that is designed to carry a maximum of 4 persons


Flight Training:

25 hours of flight time, including a minimum of:

  • 15 hours of dual instruction, including 2 hours of cross-country flight time

  • 5 hours solo flight time


Medical Fitness:

An applicant shall hold a category 4 medical certificate valid for a Recreational Pilot Permit (RPP).


Ground School Training:

An applicant applying for the RPP does not require an approved ground school, however, it is strongly recommended that the student enrolls in our Private Pilot / Recreational Ground School course. This course consists of a series of lectures aimed at fully preparing the student for not only the required Transport Canada examinations but also a safe and satisfying time in the world of aviation. The subjects dealt with include Air Law, Aeronautics, Navigation, Meteorology etc. Individual instruction will be given as required. A home study course is available with individual tutoring.


Written Examination:

A Transport Canada written exam is required

  • You must obtain a minimum of 60% in each of the following mandatory areas:

    • Air Law

    • Navigation

    • Meteorology

    • General Knowledge


Flight Test:

Successfully complete a Recreational or Private Pilot flight test to Transport Canada standards.


Course Enrollment:

Students may enroll at anytime and commence flight training at their convenience; however, ground school timetables will be established and published for varied times.


Enrollment Requirements:


No minimum age to take lessons. Students must be at least 14 years of age to solo. A recreational pilot must be at least 16 years of age to hold the permit.


An applicant must be a Canadian citizen, a landed immigrant, or a person admitted into Canada with a valid Visa.


An applicant must be able to read exam questions and write the answers in either English or French, without assistance.


Minimum flying hours to meet Transport Canada requirements:

15 hours dual flight instruction

10 hours solo flight instruction

6 hours ground briefing (estimated)


At TylAir Aviation Ltd. we strongly believe that the student should be aware of the actual flying hours involved in attaining a Recreational Pilot Permit (RPP) 


Realistic training hours:

20 hours dual flight instruction

05 hours solo flight instruction

8 hours ground briefing

50 hours Ground School

Transport Canada written exam

Transport Canada Flight Test


Recreational Pilot Permit Program does not require approval by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training, BC. As such, the registrar of PTIB did not review this program.

The actual training hours would vary based on individual progress or needs.

Our aircraft rates for local students is $180per hour and Instruction rates are $55per hour. These rates do not include taxes.

Effective as of: May 22, 2017 (Prices are subject to change without notice) 

Location: Abbotsford International Airport - CYXX

Located inside the University of the Fraser Valley, 

Aerospace Hanger

30645 Firecat Avenue, 

Abbotsford, BC 

V2T 6H5  Canada

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