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The Instrument Rating allows you to fly in cloud navigating solely by reference to the flight and navigation instruments. Building on the skills from your previous training you will learn to control the aircraft precisely "on the instruments" to fit in the air traffic system. As a result you will be able to fly safely when visual navigation is marginal or not possible.

Considered mandatory by most Commercial Operations, the Instrument Rating will also benefit the Private Pilot by allowing more capability and flexibility as to when to fly, and the background knowledge of man, environment and machine, to know when not to fly.

Building on your visual flight experience, the Instrument Rating definitely will take your flying to the next level.

Multi-Engine Instrument Rating
Admission Requirements:
  • Private Pilot Licence or higher
Licensing Requirements:

You must hold a Multi Engine Rating.

You must obtain a minimum of 70% on the written examination Instrument Rating (INRAT)

You must obtain a minimum of:
  • 50 hours of cross-country flight as pilot-in-command in aeroplanes of which 10 hours must be in the appropriate category.
  • 40 hours of instrument time of which a maximum of 20 hours may be instrument ground time. The 40 hours instrument time shall include a minimum of:
    • 5 hours of dual instrument flight time acquired from the holder of a flight instructor rating.
    • 5 hours in a multi-engine aeroplane(non-centerline thrust) where the applicant is applying for a Group 1 instrument rating.
    • 15 hours of dual instrument flight time provided by a qualified person as specified in CAR425.21(9).
    • One dual cross-country flight under simulated or actual IMC conditions of a minimum of 100NM, the flight to be conducted in accordance with an IFR flight plan to include at, two different locations, an instrument approach to minima.
An applicant shall successfully complete a flight test in accordance with the Flight Test Standards - Instrument Rating (TP 9939E).

The cost for 50 hours of PIC cross country is not included in this estimate. All prices are in CAD and are subject to change without prior notice. An hourly fuel surcharge will apply due to fuel price fluctuation.

Download Instrument Rating Written Test Guide here
Download Instrument Rating Flight Test Guide here

This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.

  Training Costs
  Diamond Twin Star DA42 TDI
@ $400/hr solo
$473/hr dual
20 hours Dual Training in the D-Sim-42 (G1000) Flight Training Device @ $193/hr $3,860.00
12 hours Dual Flight Time ($473/hour) $5,676.00
16 hours Ground Briefing ($73/hour) $1,168.00
Written Examination $35.00
Flight Test (1.4hr Aircraft rental + Flight test fee $450*) $1010.00
Licensing fee $30.00
Total Estimated Cost: $11,779.00

* Flight test fee is subject to examiner