Recreational Pilot Permit

Welcome to the wonderful world of flying! You are about to embark on some of the most exciting and challenging training you will ever experience, all of which is focussed towards earning a Recreational Pilot Permit .

The training you will receive is structured in a Transport Canada approved syllabus that will provide you with all the knowledge and skills that you require to ensure a future of safe and enjoyable flying.

This information package is intended to provide you with a basic understanding of the training you will receive and how it will be conducted. Included in this package are:

  • Transport Canada Requirements for Pilot Permits and Licenses
  • Outline of Ground School Instruction
  • Outline of Flight Instruction
  • Typical costs to obtain a Recreational Pilot Permit

Should you enrol in the RPP Course; the following information will also be provided:

  • Copy Transport Canada PSTAR Exam Study and Reference Guide
  • Copy of Transport Canada RPP Study and Reference Guide
  • Copy of Transport Canada RPP Flight Test Standard
  • Other Study and Reference Materials as required

Should you have any questions regarding this, or any other course offered by BP Aviation please feel free ask any of our staff or instructors. We would be most pleased to help you.


Student Pilot Permit

The Student Pilot Permit is the document that allows persons undertaking flight instruction to conduct flight training under solo conditions (ie: without a flight instructor in the aircraft). A licensed flight instructor must authorize all flights conducted under a Student Pilot Permit. Transport Canada requirements for the issuance of a Student Pilot Permit are:

Category Requirement
Age Must be at least 14 years of age
Medical Valid Category 1, 3, or 4 Medical Certificate
Knowledge Pass PSTAR Examination (90%)
Skill At Flight Instructor’s Discretion
Experience At Flight Instructor’s Discretion

Recreational Pilot Permit (RPP)

The RPP is not a license, but a pilot permit. The holder of an RPP may fly a single engine, non-high performance aircraft with a seating capacity of not more than four (including flight crew) under day VFR conditions, and may carry not more than one passenger. The RPP is valid only in Canada, cannot be used for trans-border flights, and cannot be endorsed for any ratings (eg: night, instrument, VFR over the top, multi-engine, etc). Transport Canada requirements for the issuance of a Recreational Pilot Permit are as follows:

Category Requirement
Age Must be at least 16 years of age
Medical Valid Category 1 , 3 or 4 Medical Certificate
Knowledge Pass Written Exam (RPPAER)
Skill Pass Transport Canada Flight Test (RPPFT)
  1. Minimum Total Flight Time = 25 Hours
  2. Minimum Dual Flight Time = 15 Hours
  3. Minimum Solo Flight Time = 5 Hours
  4. Dual Cross Country Requirement – Minimum 2 Hours Total Time

Recreational Pilot Permit (RPP) – Ground School Instruction

While completion of a formal Ground School is not a mandatory requirement for the Recreational Pilot Permit, most candidates for the RPP find the Private Pilot Ground School is an essential element in successful preparation for the Transport Canada Written Examination (RPPAER). It is highly recommended that students wishing to pursue the RPP take the Private Pilot Ground School Course.

The Private Pilot Ground School offered by BP Aviation is taught by qualified and experienced instructors and provides 51 hours of multi-media classroom instruction covering all required subject areas. Key subject areas that will be covered during the Ground School include the following:

  • Air Regulations
  • Aerodynamics
  • Theory of Flight
  • Meteorology
  • Airframes, Engines and Systems
  • Flight Instruments
  • Radio and Electronic Theory
  • Navigation
  • Flight Operations
  • Aeromedicine and Human Factors
  • Pilot Decision Making

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