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Recreational Pilot Permit

Pilot-Permit Recreational
On Aug. 1, 1995, Transport Canada launched the Pilot Permit - Recreational Aeroplanes (PPR). This is the result of a joint government/industry effort to introduce a reduced requirement, reduced privilege pilot licence. PPR training is currently available on only certified airplanes, but once the permit is obtained, it may be used to fly ultralights. The PPR is called a "permit" because it does not meet an international standard and is not yet valid for flying outside of Canada.

PPR Minimum Requirements

  • Medical - Class 4 - a self-declared medical co-signed by any physician

  • Students - minimum 14 years old

  • Recreational Pilot Permit holders - minimum 16 years old

Minimum flying time:

  • 25 hours total

  • 15 hours dual, including two hours cross-country

  • five hours solo

  • training includes aggravated stalls, short and soft field work

  • does not include spins, solo cross-country or instrument flying
    Flight Test - with DFTEs to Flight Test Standards - RPP (TP 12475E)
    Ground School - approved course based on Study and Reference Guide for RPP (TP 12467E)

  • written exam administered like Private Pilot - pass mark is 60 per cent in each of four subjects

PPR Privileges

  • Flight in ultralights and single-engine, non-high performance aircraft * (see below)

  • Aircraft no larger than four-passenger with no more than one passenger carried.

  • Day, VFR, Canada only

  • Land and water (cross-over with endorsement)

  • All PPR training completed in certified or O-M aircraft may be counted toward a Private 
    Pilot Licence.

Non-High Performance Airplanes
Aircraft with a minimum flight crew of one, a Vne (never exceed) below 250 knots IAS and a Vso below 80 knots IAS. For amateur-built aeroplanes, a wing loading below 13.3 lbs/sq ft without flaps or 20.4 lbs/sq ft with flaps.