VFR Over The Top Rating

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VFR Over The Top Rating

Sometimes the weather is fantastic at the departure airport and the arrival airport but there is some lower-lying cloud en route. This creates an opportunity for a pilot to fly above the clouds without an instrument rating. Doing so however requires sort of an intermediate rating that ensures you can do so safely.

Provided the departure and arrival airport is clear of cloud this rating allows you to fly over the top of, or between two layers of clouds. The Canadian Aviation Regulations provides guidance as to the specific rules that must be met in order to take advantage of this rating.


Private Pilot Licence (Note: A Commercial Licence or Instrument Rating receive VFR OTT automatically)


Flight Training

  • Minimum 15 hours of instrument training
    • You may take credit for instrument time accumulated during your Private Pilot Licence or Night Rating. 5 of these hours can be in a simulator.

Ground School

The ground school consists of expanded knowledge and understanding of air regulations, airspace, weather, instrument flying techniques, and radio navigation.  This is self-study and there is no exam requirement. 


There is no exam requirement for this rating


This course is a quick one and learning full time can be completed in as little as a week. In reality, most pilots will require more time as they train part-time or run into weather delays.


Depending on how many of the required hours you already have the cost may be relatively small. Each pilot's specific circumstances will dictate the actual cost of this rating.


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