Want to fly but still too young? Busy with school/work and have no time for ground school? Looking for a cheaper way to obtain a licence? Give yourself a headstart and take the Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL)!


With the RPL, you can fly any aircraft with 4 seats or less and take 1 passenger with you anywhere in Canada.


  • 14 years old to obtain a student permit
  • 16 years old to obtain the licence
  • Class 4 and above Medical Certificate (complete this form with your physician: http://wwwapps.tc.gc.ca/wwwdocs/Forms/26-0297E_1308-07_E.pdf)
  • Obtain a 60% pass mark in each of section of the written exam (Air Law, Navigation, Meteorology, Aeronautics General Knowledge)
  • 25 hours flight hours including
    • 15 hours dual instruction flight time, including 2 hours of cross-country time
    • 5 hours solo flight time
  • Pass a flight test within 12 months

Further training 

  • Your RPL flight hours count towards your Private Pilot Licence!
  • Add a float rating

Even though students are not required to go through ground school, it is recommended because the RPL written exam and the Private Pilot Licence (PPL) written exams are very similar. The former has 80 questions while the latter has 100 and they cover the same four areas of Air Law, Meteorology, Navigation and General Knowledge. Therefore many students choose to do the ground school and take the PPL written exam anyway. Talk to our instructors to find out what your best options are.

See this link for a sample of the Transport Canada RPL and PPL exams (https://www.tc.gc.ca/media/documents/ca-publications/tp13014e.pdf).

Based on the Transport Canada minima and our current rates, your RPL course fees are summarised below. Please note that these numbers are the absolute minima and prices vary according to individual aptitude and attitude.

A GST of 5% applies to RPL training in Manitoba.

Recreational Pilot Licence

ItemUnit PriceTotal Price
25 Total Hours
15 hours Dual Instruction1902850
10 hours Solo Rental1501500
RPL Ground School (Optional)250 (Online Ground School)250
RPL Written Exam105105
Restricted Radio Certificate Ground School50 (Online Ground School)50
Restricted Radio Test2525
PSTAR Ground School60 (Online Ground School)
PSTAR Exam & SPP Admin Fees
RPL Flight Test Examiner Fee495495
RPL Flight Test Plane Rental150150 (Depending on length of test)
Class 4 Medical5050
Starting Pilot Kit430.90 (Items that you already have can be deducted)
430.90 (Items that you already have can be deducted)
RPL Admin Incl. TC Fees120120
Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL)

Check out our affordable rates for your Recreational Pilot Licence today!

Enroll today and start flying now!