The holder of a recreational pilot permit may, under day only 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 only. It is easily upgradeable to the Private Pilot License (PPL). No additional ratings can be added to this permit.


  • Training may begin at the age 14, however, you must be 16 in order hold the Recreational Pilot Permit.
  • Class 4 medical, obtained from your family doctor


  • A minimum of 25 hours of flight training including:
    • 15 hours dual
      • Including 2 hours cross-country
    • 5 hours solo
  • Although ground school is not required, we suggest the PPL ground school course (40 hours), which includes instruction on air law, meteorology, navigation, and general knowledge.
  • Transport Canada flight and written exams are also required

Course Duration
Training is at the student’s pace and convenience. We recommend completing training in 3-4 months.

The following cost estimate is based on Transport Canada minimum requirements to be permitted to attempt the flight test.

Ground School $500
Medical Exam Fee $200
17 Hours Flight Training Dual at $230/h $3910
8 Hours Flight Training Solo at $170/h $1 360
10 Hours Briefings $600
Books $100
Flight and Written Exam Fee $400
Total (CAD) $7 070 + Tax