Recreational Pilot Permit Course

Training – Recreational Pilot Permit Course

The Recreational Pilot Permit was introduced in 1995 by Transport Canada. Its purpose is to make general aviation more affordable and more attractive to a wider range of aviation enthusiasts. The Recreational Pilot Permit is not a licence, but a permit allowing flight with tight restrictions – daylight VFR only in Canadian airspace with one passenger only. While compared to the Private Pilot Licence, it is very restrictive, for many pilots it’s all they need. For others it is an affordable start to earning a Private Pilot Licence, and possibly on to a career in aviation.  The RPP program is only offered to those that are 16 years old or younger.

The RPP minimum requirement is 25 hours of flight training – 15 hours dual instruction and 5 hours solo practice, including 2 hours dual cross-country instruction. The Club has found most people who initially choose the RPP eventually go on to earn a Private Pilot Licence. Time accumulated under the RPP can be applied to Private Pilot Licence training.

While ground school is not a requirement for the RPP, it is highly recommended. The Club provides a highly regarded ground school program as part of the Private Pilot curriculum. RPP students are encouraged to attend. Should they eventually choose to upgrade to a Private Pilot Licence, they will not have to repeat ground school unless desired.

The number of hours to complete the course will depend on the individuals other commitments, number of hours flown per week, weather, number of repetitive exercises required, time to meet proficiency requirement for flight test, etc. Most students require more than the minimum number of dual hours to prepare for their flight test. Fuel surcharges are applied where the price of fuel exceeds the base rate.

Minimum Costs (based on regulatory minimum requirements in a C-152)

15 Hours dual instruction@ $229/hour$3,435.00
10 Hours solo instruction@ $157/hour$1,570.00
6 hours ground briefing@ $72/hour$576.00
3 Months Club Membership@ $13.95/month$41.85
Ground School w/ Manual (Recommended)$495.00
Books & supplies$385.00

Incidental Costs

Flight test & aircraft rental for test$635.50
Licence Processing Fees & Written Examination$500.00
ICAO English Language Proficiency Test$125.00
Headset purchase$200 – $500.00

Total Recreational Pilot Permit Course Estimated Costs

Total Estimated Costs$ 7,963.35
Fuel surcharges will apply where the price of fuel exceeds the base rate at ZBB Airport. Prices subject to change (Effective January 21, 2019). Tax is applied where applicable.

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

Recreational Pilot Permit (RPP)

Requirements for admission: None Please note: Ground School is not required for the Recreational Pilot Permit but is strongly recommended. Download, complete and submit the following forms:

Important information:

  1. Waitlist: Pacific Flying Club currently has a waitlist for flight training. Please fill out the waitlist application form; once a spot becomes available you will be contacted by an instructor to begin training in the aircraft.

    Questions regarding the waitlist can be directed to

  2. Ground school: Whilst on the waitlist you may begin PPL ground school, please indicate you would like to register for the ground school when submitting your payment information to PFC. If you are interested in only ground school you do not need to complete the waitlist form.