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Recreational pilot permit

Enjoy recreational flying at its best!

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About the Recreational Pilot Permit

Recreational Pilot Permit (RPP) program is favorable for students wishing to fly as a hobby, or simply to build their experience.

The RPP course is designed to adhere to the Transport Canada's requirements. It has a few restrictions including limiting flights to Canadian airspace, one passenger only, and flying in daylight VFR conditions only.


Students will learn basic theory and the skills needed to operate an aircraft privately in a safe manner with a maximum of one passenger on board.

Completion of this course results in a competent, skilled, and knowledgeable VFR pilot and a Recreational Pilot Permit.

Learn the steps to obtain your recreational pilot permit at Canadian Aviation College, located at Pitt Meadows Airport, British Columbia.


  • CAC application and successful interview

  • 16 years old

  • Category IV medical

  • Operational or expert aviation English language proficiency demonstration

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course the successful student will have demonstrated: 

  • ​Basic level of: General knowledge, Canadian air law, Meteorology, and Navigation.

  • Skills required to pass the Transport Canada RPP Flight Test

  • Ability to competently operate a single engine, non-high-performance aircraft alone with NO passengers.

Required Course Materials

  • Flight Training Manual

  • "From the Ground Up" publication.

  • Pilot kneeboard.

  • Student Kit (including maps and navigation equipment); S.E. Aircraft POH, RPP Study and Reference Guide; PSTAR Study and Reference Guide; Single-engine aircraft

Method of Student Evaluation

  • Students will need to complete a Pre-Solo Test of Air Regulations (PSTAR) and a flight evaluation using the Transport Canada 4-point marking scale prior to being recommended for a Recreational Pilot Permit flight test.

Course Duration

Up to 6 Months

Delivery Method

  • Aircraft

  • Briefing Room

  • Flight Training Device (FTD)

  • Classroom setting for Ground School

Teaching Methods

  • One-on-one Instructor-Student in the aircraft

  • Briefing Room

  • Flight Training Device (FTD),

  • Classroom setting for Ground School

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Program Fees

Tuition Fee


Incidental &Book Fees


  • Costs include taxes

  • This is estimated cost only. The actual cost is based on student performance

  • Costs are estimates based on Transport Canada minimum flight requirements and school program estimates

  • *This cost includes a maximum number of instructional hours as listed above. Canadian Aviation College has the right to charge the student the hourly rate for both flight and instructional time beyond this limit.



Application Fees


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Disclaimer: 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

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