Recreational Pilot Permit

The Recreational Pilot Permit allows you to fly all single engine aircraft that are classified as non-high performance during daylight hours under Visual Flight Rules. No more than one passenger is to be carried on board and flights are limited to Canadian Airspace with a Recreational Pilot Permit. A Recreational Pilot Permit may be upgraded to a Private Licence which will allow you train for additional ratings.

Training Overview

The Recreational Pilot Permit program is divided into Ground school and Flight Training. Ground school is not a requirement for the RPP, but it is highly recommended. Ground school will furnish you with the required background knowledge and understandings to successfully challenge the written examination, while the air instruction and solo practice will provide you with the skills required to succeed at the flight test.

Insignia College Admission Requirements

AGE

Applicant must be a minimum of 16 years of age.

Medical Fitness

An applicant shall hold a Category 4 Medical Certificate valid for a Private Pilot Licence. Category 1, 2 or 3 meets the requirement as well.

Ground School

Aerodynamics and Theory of Flight

In a classroom environment, students will become familiar with the parts of an airplane, load factors, utility categories, maneuvering speed and gust loads, logbooks and inspections, airworthiness, service bulletins, pilot operating handbooks, maintenance release, elementary work and servicing on private and commercial aircraft.

Airframes, Aircraft Engines and Systems

In a classroom environment, students will become familiar with the parts of an airplane, load factors, utility categories, maneuvering speed and gust loads, logbooks and inspections, airworthiness, service bulletins, pilot operating handbooks, maintenance release, elementary work and servicing on private and commercial aircraft.

Air Regulations and Licensing

Canadian Aviation Regulations Organization, CARs, airports, control zones, clearances, airspace classification, VFR, transponders, on-board requirements, equipment requirements, rules of the air. For licensing students will cover various ratings, various licenses, logs, recency requirements, and medical certificates.

Pilot Decision Making (PDM) and Human Factors

This subject focuses on the physiology and psychology of human factors with respect to a career in aviation. Using case studies and instructor experiences, students will learn about situational awareness, pilot error, crew resource management, hypoxia, myopia, and disorientation.

Aviation Meteorology

In the first part of this module, students will study the troposphere, air masses, fronts, jet streams, clouds, pressure, humidity, heating, and cooling. In the second parts of this module, students will cover fog, thunderstorms, precipitation, icing, weather reports, upper winds, weather charts, forecasts, and visibility.

Aviation Navigation

Students will study VFR charts, IFR charts, course correction methods, navigation procedures and formula, bearings, and homing/ tracking.

Radio Navigation, Electronic Theory and Trip Planning

Radio concepts and terms such as VOR, ADF, ILS, DME will be covered as well as navigation systems, radar and equipment interference.

Flight Instruments and Operations

In a classroom environment, students will learn about pressure and density altitude, weight and balance, landing considerations, wake turbulence, hydroplaning, collisions and emergencies, seasonal flying, geographical flying, fuel, and medical factors.

Aviation Professionalism and Employability

Much of the learning in aviation focuses on individual skills and knowledge for pilots. This course focuses on how pilot’s skills and knowledge are applied in professional aviation environments. Topics such as airmanship, error management, resource management, and team perspective will be discussed. It is essential that pilots understand and apply the concepts of Leadership, Safety Management, Error Management, Pilot Training and Crew Scheduling.

Final Review and Career Search

Aerodynamics and Theory of Flight
Airframes, Aircraft Engines and Systems
Air Regulations and Licensing
Pilot Decision Making (PDM) and Human Factors
Aviation Meteorology
Aviation Navigation
Radio Navigation, Electronic Theory and Trip Planning
Flight Instruments and Operations
Aviation Professionalism and Employability

Flight Training

Flight training is separated into dual instruction and solo practice. A minimum of 25 hours of flight time required for RPP.

Flight Training – Dual

Flight with a flight instructor. During dual flight student will be introduced to new exercises and practice previous exercises. Once a level of skill and competence has been reached students will fly solo in the aircraft to practice the air exercises.

Student must complete a minimum of 15 hours of dual flight training.

The following exercises are covered on the Recreational Permit Pilot 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

Flight Training – Solo

Your first solo flight is something that you will remember forever! The first time you fly without an instructor on board the aircraft.

To qualify for a Recreational Pilot Permit, students must complete a minimum of 5 solo flight hours.

The remainder of the time requirements will be made of dual and solo training and practice.

Tuition fee

Application Fee
Ground school and Examination Fee
Flight Training Cost
Total Cost
Application Fee
No application charge for any student.
  Cost
Ground School $599
Pilot Kit $180
Licencing and Testing Fee (approximately) $750
Medical Examiners Fee $225

Flight Training cost based on Transport Canada Minimum on the Cessna 172 Skyhawk Plane:

  Hours Rate Total
Dual Flights 15 Hours $202/hr $3030
Solo Flights 10 Hours $152/hr $1520
Ground Briefing 10 Hours $50/hr $500

Note: All rates are the same for domestic and international students.

If any student exceeds these requirements due to their performance, the student will pay extra for any additional training. Any additional training will be charged at the same hourly rates as mentioned above. Pricing is subject to change.

Fuel surcharges will apply on top of these hourly rates. Taxes are applied where applicable.

(Effective September 1, 2019)

Total
$5050

Duration

Training is at the student’s pace and convenience and can start any time. The course will take 4 weeks to 8 weeks. The pace and scheduling is up to the student.

Graduation

Age

An applicant shall be a minimum of eighteen years of age.

Medical Fitness

An applicant shall hold a Category 4 Medical Certificate valid for a Private Pilot Licence. Category 1, 2 or 3 meets the requirement as well.

Transport Canada Written Exam

A minimum of 60% in each of four areas mentioned Below,
Air Law60%
Meteorology60%
Navigation60%
General knowledge60%

Transport Canada Flight Exam

Successfully complete a flight test.

The flight test is conducted by a flight test examiner in an aircraft. During the flight test you will be tested on your understanding of aircraft performance, aircraft systems, emergency procedures and navigational skills. Additionally your performance of the required air exercises will be tested to the standard outlined in the Flight Test Guide Recreational Pilot Permit Aeroplane.

Resources

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.