LIKE A PRIVATE PILOT, WITH LIMITS.
The Recreational Pilot’s License was designed to help people who were not interested in being professional or high performance pilots to get airborne and fly in a reasonable amount of time and with a reasonable amount of money. Unfortunately, the idea never really took off. The requirements were so close to those of the Private Pilot License that most people who started on their Recreational Pilot License went on to get their Private Pilot License. Later, however, the FAA created the Sport Pilot License to accomplish the same thing in a restricted category of aircraft. See Sport Pilot on the menu above.