Here is a direct comparison between the Recreational and Private Pilot Licence.
Recreational Permit Requirements:
|Private Licence Requirements: |
Class 4 medical: Medical declaration with any family doctor
Class 3 medical: Aviation medical doctor.
|Recreational Privileges: |
Easy upgrade to Private Licence
|Private Privileges: |
Ratings and endorsements may be added to fly at night, multi engine, or instrument weather conditions.
|Who should get a Recreational? ||Who should get a Private? |
Both courses are the same for the first 15 hours. A student does not have todecide before starting which course to take. A Recreational pilot maywrite the Private written exam, thus saving having to write anotherwritten exam with upgrade to PPL within 2 years.