Recreational flying is flying for pleasure or for sport and is classified as general aviation. Most often, to be able to pilot a recreational aircraft, the pilots must pass a test to obtain a license or certification.

The types of aircraft vary from airplanes to powered parachutes. Conventional airplanes are considered to be the safest form of recreational flying with sport flying such as skydiving and hang gliding at the other end of the safety spectrum.

Flying aircraft is a popular recreational activity because of the thrills and excitement it can provide, the views that aircraft can offer, the wide variety of aerobatics that can be performed, and the opportunities for adventure.