Privileges of a VFR Over-the-Top Rating

Your VFR Over-the-Top (OTT) RATING is an additional endorsement to your Private Pilot Licence.

Completion of the VFR-OTT Rating allows you to fly VFR (Visual Flight Rules), over the top of cloud layers, as long as the departure and arrival airports are experiencing (and forecast to continue to experience) Visual Meteorological Conditions (VMC).

This allows you to fly on days when the cloud layer(s) might otherwise prevent you from flying.

Prerequisites of a VFR Over-the-Top Rating

In order to enroll in a VFR Over-the-Top RATING Program, you must hold a Private Pilot Licence.

Note: A Commercial Licence or IFR Rating includes a VFR OTT Rating.

Requirements of a VFR Over-the-Top Rating

In order to qualify for a VFR OTT Rating, you must achieve the following:

1. A minimum of 15 hours of Instrument Training.

Note: Your Instrument Training from your Private Pilot Licence and Night Rating may be applied to the 15 hour requirement. 5 hours of the 15 hour requirement may be conducted on an approved Flight Simulator (sorry, not on your home flight sim).

There is no written examination, but you must meet the skill requirements.

VFR Over-the-Top Rating - Ground School

VFR-OTT Ground School consists of an expanded knowledge and understanding of the Air Regulations (CARs), Airspace, Weather, Instrument Flying Techniques and Radio Navigation.

VFR Over-the-Top 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.

You could complete your VFR Over-the-Top Rating in as little as one week.

The Total Cost of your VFR-OTT Rating will depend on how much Instrument Flight Training you have already received.

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

Contact Information

Mail us at:

6200 Tronson Road

Vernon, BC, Canada, V1H 1N5

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A self-declaration must be completed on arrival.

Masks must be worn at all times.

Visitors must sign in on arrival.

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Edmonton, AB


30 27018 SH 633, AB T8T 0E3, Canada

Fort McMurray, AB


410 Snow Eagle Dr, Fort McMurray, AB T9H 5B4, Canada

Peace River, AB


AB-744, Peace River, AB T0H, Canada

Oliver, BC


5875 Airport Street, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0, Canada

Vernon, BC


6200 Tronson Rd, Vernon, BC V1H 1N5, Canada

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