On Aug. 1, 1995, Transport Canada launched the Pilot Permit - Recreational Aeroplanes (PPR). This is the result of a joint government/industry effort to introduce a reduced requirement, reduced privilege pilot licence. PPR training is currently available on only certified airplanes, but once the permit is obtained, it may be used to fly ultralights. The PPR is called a "permit" because it does not meet an international standard and is not yet valid for flying outside of Canada.
PPR Minimum Requirements
Course - available at flying schools with an Operating Certificate
Training - on certified airplanes
Medical - Class 4 - a self-declared medical co-signed by any physician
Students - minimum 14 years old
Recreational Pilot Permit holders - minimum 16 years old
Minimum flying time:
Flight Test - with DFTEs to Flight Test Standards - RPP (TP 12475E)
Ground School - approved course based on Study and Reference Guide for RPP (TP 12467E)
- written exam administered like Private Pilot - pass mark is 60 per cent in each of four subjects
- All PPR training completed in certified or O-M aircraft may be counted toward a Private Pilot Licence.
Non-High Performance Airplanes (*)
Aircraft with a minimum flight crew of one, a Vne (never exceed) below 250 knots IAS and a Vso below 80 knots IAS. For amateur-built aeroplanes, a wing loading below 13.3 lbs/sq ft without flaps or 20.4 lbs/sq ft with flaps.