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Instrument Flight Rating

The instrument rating will allow you to learn how to fly an aircraft in weather conditions that require you to look at your instruments. This qualification is required to work in an airline company. You will begin by learning the basics of instrument flight in one of our flight training devices (see Fleet section). Once the simulator sessions are complete, you will progress to either a Piper Aztec or a Cessna 172 equipped for instrument flight. It should be noted that airlines require their pilots to have an instrument rating on a multi-engine aircraft such as the Piper Aztec.



30 hours

Written exam


15 hours

FTD (simulator)

20 hours

Flight test

TOTAL: 40 hours instrument flight

Length of the training

2 months (average)

Prior qualifications

Private pilot license
Multi engine rating
(for a group 1 IFR – multi engine)

In-flight training

40 hours instrument flight time, with a maximum of 20 hours of instrument on the ground

Flight test guide – Transport Canada Flight Test Guide (TP9939)

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