Instrument Rating vs Multi-Engine Instrument Rating

Note that the "basic" Instrument Rating permits you to fly a "single-engine" airplane in IFR conditions.

The Multi-Engine Instrument Rating permits you to fly a "multi-engine" airplane in IFR conditions.

Any Pilot working toward a career as a Professional Pilot, will likely want to pursue the Multi-Engine Instrument Rating, in order to achieve the highest available qualifications, in order to meet the requirements of their future employers. All but the smallest of Commercial Operators, and all Airline Operators, will require a Multi-Engine Instrument Rating as a basic requirement to apply for employment.

Privileges of an Instrument Rating

Upon successful completion of the INSTRUMENT RATING (IFR) RATING Program, you will be able to fly in Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC). This means that you will be able to fly when the weather conditions do not meet the requirements of Visual Meteorological Conditions (VMC).

The basic requirements of VMC flight are that you must maintain "visual" reference to the ground, and that you must "see and be seen".

IFR flight rules allow the operation of an aircraft in conditions that preclude visual reference to the ground, including low visibility, low cloud, fog, etc.

IFR flight involves learning how to control the position, attitude and path of the aircraft through reference to the information provided by the aircraft's INSTRUMENTS, rather than through visual reference to the ground.

If you are flying Recreationally or for yourself, this will expand your flying options tremendously.

If you are pursuing a Career as a Professional Pilot, the IFR Rating is an essential qualification to have.

Prerequisites of an Instrument Rating

In order to enroll in an INSTRUMENT RATING Program, you must hold a Private Pilot Licence and have a minimum of 50 hours of Cross-Country Flight Time.

In order to enroll in a Multi-Engine INSTRUMENT RATING Program, you must hold the Multi-Engine Rating, which means that you are already trained and qualified in the operation of a Multi-Engine airplane.

Requirements of an Instrument Rating

In order to qualify for an INSTRUMENT RATING, you must:

1. Obtain a minimum of 40 hours on Instrument Instruction.

Note that previous Instrument Instruction from your Private, Commercial or Night Training will count towards the 40 hour requirement.

Note that 20 hours of the 40 hour requirement may be completed on an approved Flight Simulator.

2. A dual cross-country flight of at least 100 nautical miles, under simulated IFR conditions, is required.

3. You must pass the Transport Canada Instrument Rating Written Examination.

4. You must be recommended by a Flying Instructor for a Flight Examination.

5. You must pass the Transport Canada Instrument Rating Flight Examination.

Instrument Rating - Ground School

Ground School for the Instrument Rating is a self-directed learning process, with one-on-one review sessions with your Instructor, in preparation for the written examination.

Instrument Rating Program - Duration & Cost

Each Student Pilot is able to determine their own pace, so that your Pilot Training fits your schedule and your financial plan.

The time it takes to complete your Instrument Rating will depend on how many hours of Instrument Instruction you have already completed in your previous training. Therefore the program duration may very between a few weeks, to a few months, again dependant upon how much of your time you are able to devote to flight training.

The Total Cost of your Instrument Rating is very dependent upon your previous flying experience and training hours.

Please contact us to review your training history, so that we can provide you with an estimated cost to obtain your Instrument Rating.

We will do our best to advise & support you along the way, so that you can optimize your training experience.

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