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    Instrument Flight Rating

    Instrument Rating (IR) rating is often quoted as the most challenging and rewarding experience in a pilot’s career. This rating qualifies pilots to fly outside of VFR restriction, utilizing cockpit instruments during low visibility or bad weather. This is a learned skill that will build confidence and enhance safety. Southern Skies Aviation Ltd. offers the following IFR Ratings:

    Group I - All planes with flight test carried out in a multi-engine aircraft.

    Group III - Single engine aircraft with flight test is done in a single engine aircraft. (Icon link to IFR Info Sheet)

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    Admission Requirements:
    1. Age - Applicants must be a minimum of 19 years of age, or a Grade 12 graduate or equivalent.
    2. Citizenship - Applicant must be a Canadian citizen, landed immigrant or a person lawfully admitted into Canada for flight training.
    3. Medical - Applicant must hold a valid Transport Canada Category1, 2 or 3 Aviation Medical certificate issued by a Transport Canada approved Aviation Medical Examiner.
    4. License - Applicant must have a valid Canadian Private Pilot License or higher, with 50 hours Pilot-in-Command cross country.
    5. Interview - Applicant must have an interview with the Chief Flight Instructor or delegate.

    Training Requirements - Transport Canada:

    Applicant must satisfy all training criteria as outlined in the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs).

    1. Ground School:
      1. Southern Skies Aviation offers a 50 to 60 hour school
      2. Applicant must obtain a minimum of 70% on the Transport Canada written examination Instrument Rating (INRAT)
    2. Flight Training:
      1. For Group 1 Instrument Rating: Dual instruction on a Piper Aztec
        For Group 3 Instrument Rating: Dual instruction on a Cessna 172
      2. Applicant must have accumulated the following minimums: 40 hours instrument flight time, 20 of which may be in a flight simulator.
      3. Applicant must pass a practical flight test conducted by a Transport Canada Designated Flight Test Examiner.


    The following cost breakdown is based on Transport Canada minimum requirements and includes applicable taxes. Student proficiency will vary. Hours in excess of those listed here must be paid for by the student at the rates listed.

    20 hours dual training on flight sim @ $65.00 per hour. $1300
    20 hours dual training on multi @ $400.00 per hour. $8000
    Optional: 70 hours ground school - min 2 students $700
    15 hours ground brief @ $50/hour $750


    SSA IFR Handouts and POH $60
    AIM $23

    Additional Expenses:

    1. Application Fee - $40
    2. Hourly Fuel Surcharge (Set Monthly – Please call for current pricing)
    3. Aircraft Rental for Flt. Test @ $125/hour Cessna 172 or $400/hour for Piper Aztec
    4. Payable to Transport Canada on date of testing/licensing:
      1. Transport Canada Written Test - $35
      2. Transport Canada Licensing Fee - $30
      3. Transport Canada Flight Test - $200
      4. Authorized Person - $100
    Integrated Commercial Course

    Prospective Commercial Pilot applicants should consider the Southern Skies Aviation Ltd. 10 month Integrated Commercial Pilot Course to achieve their aviation goals. This 10 month intensive course includes the Private Pilot License, Night Rating, VFR-OTT, Basic Aerobatics, Emergency Maneuver Training, Mountain Performance Courses, Instrument Training, Multi-Engine Rating and an intensive ground school. No prior aviation experience required - credit may be offered for Private Pilot License. Be an employable commercial pilot in 10 months!

    How to Apply

    To apply for any Southern Skies Aviation Ltd. course, please complete this Application Form and send it via email, fax or in person to Southern Skies Aviation Ltd.

    For further information please contact Southern Skies Aviation Ltd. directly.