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Instrument Rating

Transport Canada has set out the training guidelines and minimum requirements to qualify for an Instrument Rating - Aeroplane (CAR’s 421.46) as follows:


An instrument rating is issued for aircraft in one of the following groups;
Group 1 for all aeroplanes where the flight test was conducted in a multi-engine aeroplane
Group 2 for all multi-engine centre  line thrust and single engine aeroplanes where the flight test was conducted in a multi-engine centre line thrust aeroplane
Group 3 for single engine aeroplanes where the flight test was conducted in a single engine aeroplane
Group 4 for helicopters where the flight test was conducted in a helicopter


An applicant shall have obtained a minimum of 70% on the written examination Instrument Rating (INRAT) which shall include the following subjects: Canadian Aviation Regulations, Instrument Flight Rules and Procedures, Meteorology, Instruments, Radio and Radar systems, and Navigation.


An applicant shall have completed a minimum of: 50 hours of cross country flight as pilot-in-command in aeroplanes or helicopters of which 10 hours must be in the appropriate category; and 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 aeroplanes where the applicant is applying for a Group 1, 2, or 3 instrument rating or in helicopters where the applicant is applying for a Group 4 instrument rating, 15 hours of dual flight time provided by a qualified person as specified in section 425.21(9) and one dual cross-country flight under simulated or actual IMC conditions of a minimum of 100 nautical miles, the flight to be conducted in accordance with an IFR flight plan to include at, two different locations, an instrument approach to minima.


The applicant shall successfully complete:

1-    A flight test in accordance with the Flight Test Standards – Instrument Rating (TP9939E), or

2-    A Pilot Proficiency Check (PPC) for operations under IFR in accordance with Part VI or Part VII as applicable.


Please inquire with LFC staff for current prices.

20 Hours Sim            1800.00
20 Hours Dual            4800.00
 3 Hours Flight Test          570.00
Ground Briefings                    500.00
Supplies                          70.00
Exam Fee                        105.00
Licensing Fee                30.00
Flight Test Fee              400.00

Total course expense               $8275.00

Prices do not include GST

Course Outline:

Flight training is available in a Seneca II Turbo, seven days a week, all year round.

Dual Training:
-    20 hours simulator
-    20 hours dual flight training
-   100 mile dual cross-country with 2 approaches to minima at an airport other than the departure airport

Solo Training:
- no solo requirements

NOTE: The course cost above are subject to change without notice.  Be advised that the courses costs meet Transport Canada minimum requirements and due to individual differences in learning, that more flight training may be required to meet flight test standards