Instrument Rating

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Instrument Rating

The instrument rating allows the pilot to fly in bad weather, otherwise known as instrument conditions. This rating can be done for either a single-engine aircraft or a multi-engine aircraft and is one of the most rewarding yet most challenging to obtain. Until this point, most of your flying has been done in visual meteorological conditions (VMC). Going “under the hood” or “into the clag” can be a very different experience for some pilots. If you plan to make a career out of flying this rating is almost always going to be a necessity. 


Must hold a Private Licence and have 50 hours of cross-country time.


Flight Training

  • 40 hours of instrument time (instrument time previously logged for the Private, night rating or Commercial licence may count toward this minimum time).  
    • 20 hours can be on a simulator.
  • A dual cross-country flight of at least 100 nautical miles. This flight will be conducted under actual or simulated instrument conditions. 

Ground School

While no specific ground school requirement exists it is highly recommended that a pilot take a ground school course to learn about instrument flying. This is a whole new world to a VFR pilot and can be overwhelming when trying to put all of the information together. 


  • Transport Canada written exam (INRAT)
  • Flight test conducted by a Transport Canada authorized examiner.


In line with other licences and ratings, the training is on your schedule. You can train full or part-time. Each student will vary in the type of experience they begin the course with and how they pick up on the concepts. Training every day with good weather can allow you to complete the course in a matter of a few months. Others will take much longer. 


Due to the varying length of the course, the cost will vary as well. You can calculate a rough cost based on your experience and the hours you will need to obtain to meet the minimum requirements.

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