Recreational Pilot Permit

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Fly for the fun of it!
Fly any four-place airplane with one passenger in Canada.
Easy upgrade to a Private Pilot Licence.

  • 16 Birthdays. The training and requirements may be completed before the 16 birthday, but the permit can not be signed off  until the candidates 16th birthday.
  • Class 1, 2, or 4 medical.  Class I and 3 medical examination is obtained from a Canadian Aviation Medical Doctor.  A Class 4 medical is obtained by having a family doctor fill out the medical declaration form with you.

A minimum of 25 hours of flight training including:

  • 15 hours dual
  • 5 hours solo
  • Although ground school is not required by the Canadian Air Regulations, you still need to pass the exam and most likely need some help. We offer a online Recreational Ground School.
  • A Transport Canada Flight and Written examination.

Dual: Flight with a flight instructor. The student will seat in the left pilot seat and the instructor will be in the right seat. The airplane has full dual controls.
Solo: Flight with the student as the only occupant. Solo flight is supervised by the flight instructor for each flight.

The student should have the following material: Harv’s Air RPL Manual, From the Ground up, Flight Training Manual, Plotter, Flight Computer (E6B or CX2), Pilot Training Record (PTR), Logbook, Winnipeg VNC/VTA Charts, and Pilot Operating Handbook.

The following exercises are covered on the Recreational Permit Pilot Course in the air with a flight instructor.

1. Familiarization
2. Aircraft Familiarization and Preparation for Flight
3. Ancillary Controls
4. Taxiing
5. Attitudes and Movements
6. Straight and Level Flight
7. Climbing
8. Descending
9. Turns
10. Flight For Range and Endurance
11. Slow Flight
12. Stalls
14. Spiral Dives
15. Side-slipping
16. Take-off
17. The Circuit
18. The Approach and Landing
19. The First Solo
20. Illusions Created by Drift — Low Flying
21. Precautionary Landings
22. Forced Landings
23. Pilot Navigation
29. Emergency Procedures
30. Flight Test

What is the difference between the Recreational Pilot Permit and the Private Pilot Licence? Checkout this page.

For Rates and Cost visit our rates page.



Training is at the student’s pace and convenience and can start any time.
The course will take 3 weeks if full time (7 days a week, 10 hours a day) OR 3 months if part time (2 lessons a week). The pace and scheduling is up to the student.

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