Recreational Pilot Permit Course

Training – Recreational Pilot Permit Course

(Effective February 2, 2024)

The Pacific Flying Club offers the Recreational Pilot Permit based on a minimum of 25 hours of flight training. Of this time 15 hours must be dual instruction and 5 hours must be solo. The requirements stipulate that the student will complete 2 hours dual cross country flying. Additionally, the Club provides a ground school program as preparation for the written examination administered by Transport Canada.

The Private Ground School is held every Monday and Wednesday evening from 19:00 to 21:30 on a continuous rotating basis, Saturday mornings or online. It is possible to start the ground school programme at any time and attend classes as many times as desired at no additional cost. This groundschool is recommended for the Recreational Pilot Permit and is a requirement for the Private Pilot Licence; Those students who choose to upgrade to the Private Pilot Licence will not have to repeat ground school unless desired.

The number of hours to complete the course will depend on the individual’s 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.

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

15 Hours dual instruction@ $252/hour$3,780
10 Hours solo instruction@ $176/hour$1,760
8 Hours ground briefing @ $76/hour$608

Incidental Costs

Flight test$425
Licence Processing Fees & Written Examination$500
ICAO English Language Proficiency Test (If required)$125
Headset purchase$200 – $500.00
3 Months Club Membership@ $13.95/month$41.85
Ground School w/ Manual (recommended)$495
Books & supplies$385
Recreational Pilot Permit

Total Recreational Pilot Permit Course Estimated Costs

$ 8,319.85
Recreational Pilot Permit

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.

Fuel surcharges will apply where the price of fuel exceeds the base rate at ZBB Airport. Prices subject to change. Tax is applied where applicable.

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.