Canadian Air Regulations: Recreational Pilot Permit

421.22 Recreational - Aeroplane - Requirements

(1) Age

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

(2) Medical Fitness and Validity

(a) An applicant shall hold a Category 4 Medical Certificate valid for a Pilot Permit - Recreational - Aeroplane.

(b) An applicant who meets the medical conditions specified on the Civil Aviation Medical Declaration and has signed it shall be deemed to have met the Category 4 Medical Standards, providing a physician licensed to practice medicine in Canada has signed Part C of the declaration.

(c) The medical validity period for the permit holder under 40 years of age is 60 months and for a permit holder 40 years of age or over, is 24 months.

(d) The permit is maintained by a valid Category 1, 3, or 4 Medical Certificate.

(3) Knowledge

An applicant shall have obtained a minimum of 60 percent (60%) in each of the following four mandatory areas, as well as in the overall written examination Pilot Permit - Recreational - Aeroplane (RPPAE), or Private Pilot Licence - Aeroplane (PPAER):
(amended 1998/03/23; previous version)

(a) Air Law - regulations, rules and orders, air traffic services, practices and procedures, and licensing requirements relevant to the permit;

(b) Navigation - navigation, radio aids and electronic theory;

(c) Meteorology;

(d) Aeronautics - General Knowledge - airframes, engines and systems, theory of flight, flight instruments, flight operations and human factors.

(4) Experience

(a) An applicant shall have completed a minimum of 25 hours recreational pilot flight training under the direction and supervision of the holder of a flight instructor rating - aeroplane in aeroplanes operating with a Certificate of Airworthiness.

(b) The flight training shall include a minimum of:

(i) 15 hours dual instruction flight time, including a minimum of 2 hours cross-country flight time, and
(amended 1998/03/23; previous version)

(ii) 5 hours solo flight time.

(5) Skill

Within the 12 months preceding the date of application for the permit, an applicant shall successfully complete a flight test to the standard outlined in the Flight Test Standard - Recreational Pilot Permit - Aeroplane (TP12475E).
(amended 1999/03/01; previous version)

(6) Credit
(amended 1999/03/01; previous version)

An applicant for a Pilot Permit - Recreational - Aeroplane who holds a valid Pilot Permit - Ultra-light Aeroplane may credit all dual and solo flight time acquired in ultra-light aeroplanes towards the experience requirement.