Recreational Pilot License
You can fly in your local area and have fun with a Recreational Pilot License. This license requires less training than the private pilot license.
The training hours for a recreational pilot license are less than that required by the PPL. It can be obtained in as little as 30 hours, while a private pilot license requires 40.
You must fly 50 nautical miles away from your home to obtain a recreational pilot license. This means that you have to spend less time cross-country flying training. Additional ratings may be required to lower the restrictions.
What is the cost of a Recreational Pilot License?
The RPL would cost $7,078. The course covers the application fees, ground school fees, pilot kits, flight testing, and licensing fees.
For more information about the cost of the Recreational Pilot License, please visit the Recreational Pilot License.
International and local students pay the same fees for RPL.
The length of the training can be adjusted to suit the student’s needs and pace. The course takes 4-8 weeks and is generally shorter than a PPL.
What are the requirements to be eligible for the Recreational Pilot License?
You must be at least 16 to obtain the Recreational Pilot License. This is the minimum age requirement to obtain this license.
Pass the written exam with at least 60% overall and in individual subject areas of RPPAE.
A designated examiner will administer the oral and practical tests.
You will need to fly 25 hours, including 15 hours of flight training, 2-hour cross-country flight, and 5 hours of solo flight time—a successful flight test.
Private Pilot vs. Private Pilot vs. Recreational Pilot
The Recreational Pilot License with no additional ratings has more restrictions than a Private Pilot License.
A Recreational Pilot License requires less flight time. RPL allows you to carry one passenger, while PPL does not.
Recreational pilots can fly planes with four seats or fewer, but private pilots have no restrictions on the number of seats.
Private pilots can fly anywhere globally, while recreational pilots are limited to Canada.
Both can only fly in good weather conditions until further ratings or endorsements.
How can you become a recreational pilot?
All requirements for the Recreational Pilot License, as outlined in the Transport Canada Civil Aviation Act (TCCA), must be met. These are the requirements for a Recreational Pilot Permit in Canada.
- You will first need to get the Student Pilot Certificate with a CAME-certified class 4 medical certificate.
- The RPP Application can be completed once you have applied (minimum 16 years old).
- Transport Canada’s Written Exam must be passed with at least 60 percent.
- Twenty-five hours must be spent in flight training, 15 hours of dual flight training, and 5 hours solo flights.
Transport Canada instructors must pass the Recreational Pilot Permit Flight written test. After passing the written exam, you can begin instruction to fly. You will need to pass the Recreational Pilot Flight Test before you can get your license. Transport Canada inspectors or examiners administer this test.
You have passed the test ride and are now ready to have fun.
What are the restrictions and privileges of a Recreational Pilot License?
You can fly any single-engine aircraft with up to 4 passengers by obtaining a Recreational Pilot Permit. One passenger is allowed to ride with you at a time. It would help to fly to Canada during daylight hours and good weather. These are known as the visual flight rules.
As we’ve already stated, the Recreational Pilot License is less privilege-rich than the Private Pilot License. The Recreational Pilot License limits you to flying within Canada. You can also carry one passenger in a four- or less-seater aircraft.
You can only fly to airports up to 50 miles from your departure point. You can only fly in Class B, C, or D airspace for further endorsement. You cannot also fly an aircraft with a tailwheel. You can only fly with one engine.
A Recreational Pilot License does not allow you to fly complex aircraft with retractable gear, adjustable flaps, or a variable-pitch propeller. Only good weather conditions are required for day flying. You cannot fly after sunset or before sunrise.
Depending on the highest, you cannot fly higher than 10,000 feet MSL or 2000 feet AGL.
Some restrictions can be relaxed with instructor endorsement. The exceptions are four-seater planes and passenger and single-engine craft.
What are the characteristics required for a Recreational Pilot License?
Pilots need to combine technical and creative skills. To find the right solutions in situations that are not ideal, you must think outside of the box and use calculations. It would help if you were confident in your abilities and self-disciplined.