recreational pilot permit


Recreational Permit

This training does not require any previous experience, and can be completed in a matter of weeks, for a full-time student. For those short of spare time, training can be spread out over months. Training can occur on any of our single engine aircraft, typically a Cessna 152 or Cessna 172.


You need to pass a Class III or IV medical exam.

You need to be at least 14 years old before you fly solo.

You need to be at least 16 years old to actually get your license

Ground School

You will go through either 60 hours of training in a class, or 40 hours of customized one-on-one training. This training gives you the knowledge and skills to pass the required Transport Canada written exam.

Practical training

Canadian Law dictates a minimum of 25 hours of flight training. On average, students require 17 hours of dual flight, and 7 hours of solo flight. You will also need 2 hours of navigation training with an instructor.

Obtaining your License

You must pass the Transport Canada theory exam with a grade of at least 60%. Also note that the theory exam is broken into 4 categories, and you must obtain at least 60% in each one in order to pass. For example, you can’t get 0 in one section, perfect in all the others, and claim victory, given a 75% average. The four sections of the exam will cover General Knowledge, Air Law, Navigation, and Weather. Then, you need to pass a practical exam with a Transport Canada representative, by getting a mark of at least 60%.


This license permits you to be the Pilot In Command (PIC) of any single engine aircraft having 4 places or fewer, and carry up to one passenger. You can share some of the flight expenses with the passenger.


Learn about our hourly rates for planes, instructors, and available training programs

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