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Instrument Rating (IR)

Learn to fly a multi-engine aircraft under Instrument Flight Rules

About the Instrument Rating (IR)

The instrument rating (IR) program trains a licenced pilot to obtain the Transport Canada Group 1 (multi-Engine) or Group 3 (single-engine) Instrument Rating endorsement. The instrument rating is suitable for PPL or CPL holders who want to fly under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) in Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC).

Obtaining your Group 1 Instrument Rating at Canadian Aviation College, located in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada, is a required step to becoming a commercial pilot.

The Group 1 instrument rating adheres to Transport Canada’s minimum instrument flight time, in the FTD and aircraft, and pilot-in-command cross-country time. 

15 hrs of Instrument Flight Time and 20 hours of Instrument FTD time (total=40 with PPL instrument time) + 50 hrs of PIC X/C time (which is not included in this course)   




  • Valid Canadian Pilot license

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course the successful student will / have demonstrate(d): 

  • The ability to prepare, plan, and execute a VFR multi-engine flight

  • The knowledge to pass company and TC flight tests

  • The ability to apply relevant ground knowledge in the safe execution of a VFR multi-engine flight

  • The skills to safely fly a multi-engine aircraft while in VMC conditions

  • The ability to manage emergency procedures and normal procedures in a multi-engine aircraft

  • The knowledge and awareness of the dangers of flying a multi-engine aircraft, specifically Vmc and single-engine operations

Course Duration

2 Months

Required Course Materials

Jeppesen Multi-Engine Manual; ▪ PA34 Pilot operating handbook; ▪ ground school (if required) and flight training workbooks with lesson plans; ▪ TC flight test guide. ▪ VNC and VTA maps; canadian flight supplement;

Delivery Method

Aircraft / Briefing Room / Flight Training Device (FTD) / Classroom 

Teaching Methods

One-on-one Instructor-Student in the aircraft / briefing room / and Flight Training Device (FTD); group in classroom setting.


Fees and Hours

Tuition Fee

$ 12,740.00

*Program costs may vary depending on student's performance, frequency of flights, and substitution of aircraft

Other Fees

$ 765.00

  • Costs include taxes

  • This is estimated cost only. The actual cost is based on student performance

  • Costs are estimates based on Transport Canada minimum flight requirements and school program estimates

  • *This cost includes a maximum number of instructional hours as listed above. Canadian Aviation College has the right to charge the student the hourly rate for both flight and instructional time beyond this limit.


Disclaimer: This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training. 

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