Instrument Rating (Renewal & Initial)

BFC 728x90 FINAL

Red Bird Simulator Package includes:

– 2.0 hours of dual IFR instruction in our Redbird full motion flight simulator
– 1.0 hour of ground time with one of our IFR flight instructors
– IFR renewal Ride in the Redbird Simulator
– IFR examiner fee for BFC IFR examiner
– Transport Canada rating fee
– BFC membership for IFR renewal – if required

NOTE: $599.00 plus HST. Any study materials will be at an additional cost. For any additional FTD or ground training, the student will be billed at the regular 2018 Rates and Prices.

Renewal Requirements:

  • Current or expired Group 1,2,or 3 Instrument Rating
  • Valid PPL/CPL/ATPL and the appropriate medical

In the Case of an Instrument rating that has been expired for greater than 24 months

  • A minimum of 70% on the INRAT exam
  • A letter of recommendation from a Flight Instructor

Note: If the applicant is requiring the Renewal Flight test to be applied to the signoff of an ATPL, the flight test must be completed in an Aircraft.

To book now or for more information please contact
The Flight Training Office 905-838-1400 ext 228, [email protected] 


Flight Training

A total of 40 hours of Instrument time must be accumulated.  20 hours of this can be completed in the simulator.  Instrument time you have accumulated during your Private, Night and Commercial training can be used.  During this time a Dual IFR cross country must be completed.  This must be at least 100 NM in length.  A total of 50 hours of cross country Pilot in Command time is also required.  You must possess a minimum of a Private Pilot Licence and be the holder of a Category I or III medical.   Once the rating is completed, you will have the ability to fly in Instrument conditions.

Ground School & Examinations

There are no minimum ground school requirements for this rating; however there are courses available to aid you in preparation for the written examination.  One of the most popular is offered by Aero Course. We offer an In-depth IFR Ground School in conjunction with Aero Course. A mandatory written examination must be completed as well as a flight test.


Ground School
Dual in C172R
20 Hours @ $240.00/Hr
Simulator (FTD)
20 Hours @ $124.00/Hr
8 Hours @ $75/Hr
Flight Test
2 Hours A/C Rental, $400 Examiner,
$60 Licencing Fee


Ground School
Dual in PA44
10 Hours @ $374.00/Hr
Dual in C172R
10 Hours @ $240.00/Hr
Simulator (FTD)
20 Hours @ $124.00/Hr
8 Hours @ $75.00/Hr
Flight Test
2 Hours A/C Rental, $400.00 Examiner,
$60 Licence Fee
  1. All taxes excluded. Add approximately $1,158.00 HST for Single and $1,367.30 HST for Multi.
  2. Prices are approximate and subject to change without notice – August 2018 Rates.
  3. Aircraft: C-172R, PA-44 and TruFlite Simulator (FTD). Post Private training meets CPL Transport Canada minimums.
  4. The amount of flight training necessary fluctuates with each student.
  5. Two month membership available for $75.00 plus HST. Please note that memberships are non-refundable.
  6. Reference CARs 421.46


An instrument rating is issued for aircraft in one of the following groups:

A) Group 1 for all aeroplanes where the flight test was conducted in a multi- engine aeroplane

B) Group 2 for multi-engine centre line thrust and single engine aeroplanes where the flight test was conducted in a multi-engine centre line thrust aeroplane

C) Group 3 for single engine aeroplanes where the flight test was conducted in a single engine aeroplane


An applicant shall have obtained:

  •  a minimum of 70% on the written examination Instrument Rating (INRAT) which shall include the following subjects:

a)     Canadian Aviation Regulations;
b)     Instrument Flight Rules and Procedures;
c)     Meteorology
d)     Instruments;
e)     Radio and Radar Systems; and
f)      Navigation

  • 50 hours of cross-country flight as PIC
  • 40 hours of instrument time of which a maximum of 20 hours may be instrument ground time
  • 5 hours of dual instrument acquired from the holder of an instructor rating
  • 5 hours in aeroplanes where the applicant is applying for a Group 1, 2 or 3 rating
  • 15 hours of dual instrument flight time provided by a qualified person as in section 425.21
  • one dual cross-country flight under simulated or actual IMC conditions of a minimum of 100 nautical miles, in accordance with an IFR flight plan to include at, 2 different locations, an instrument approach to minima

Please note that these programs do not require approval under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005.