Coastal Pacific Aviation

Group 1 (Multi-engine) Instrument Rating Program

Master the skies in any weather with Coastal Pacific Aviation’s Instrument Rating program.


What will you achieve from this Program?

When you successfully complete this program, you’ll earn a prestigious Group 1 (Multi-engine) Instrument Rating issued by Transport Canada. This rating can be affixed to either your Private Pilot Licence or your Commercial Pilot Licence, demonstrating your advanced proficiency in multi-engine and instrument flying. Additionally, Coastal Pacific Aviation will present you with a Certificate of Qualification—Instrument Rating, marking your accomplishment and recognizing your expertise in instrument flight operations.

Privileges of a Group 1 (Multi-engine) Instrument Rating:

Holders of a Group 1 (Multi-engine) Instrument Rating are authorized to act as Pilot-in-command of both single-engine and multi-engine aircraft when visual reference to the ground is not available. This rating signifies their capability to navigate and operate aircraft solely relying on instruments.

Path to Airline Transport Pilot License:

When a Group 1 (Multi-engine) Instrument Rating is combined with a Commercial Pilot Licence, it fulfills the licensing requirements established by Transport Canada for obtaining an Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) as outlined in CAR 421.34(4). This achievement opens doors for those aspiring to pursue a career as an airline pilot.

Having these qualifications not only broadens your flying privileges but also positions you on a well-defined path toward becoming an Airline Transport Pilot, a significant milestone in your aviation career.

Overview of Pilot Training

Ideal Training Sequence:

Ideally, students complete their Instrument Rating and Multi-engine Class Rating concurrently. This approach maximizes the transfer of their highest-level flying skills from the Multi-engine Flight Test directly to their IFR Flight Test. Here’s how this “ideal training” is conducted:

  1. Simulator-Based Instrument Rating Training: Students begin their training in the simulator, focusing on their Instrument Rating. During this phase, they build their Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) skills, covering various aspects such as airport departures, enroute procedures, holding patterns, and instrument approach skills. The simulator training typically spans about 10 hours. For students who have already completed the 20 hours of instrument training associated with Commercial Pilot Licence training, this phase allows them to transition smoothly into multi-engine simulated aircraft. Students are introduced to the management of multi-engine aircraft, including takeoffs, approaches, landings, and engine-failure drills, early in their training.

  2. Transition to Twin Comanche: After approximately 10 hours of simulator training, students transition to the Twin Comanche aircraft to focus on Multi-engine Class Rating exercises in preparation for the Multi-engine Class Rating Flight Test. This phase generally takes around 7 hours. By the time students complete this flight test, their multi-engine flying skills are at their peak.

  3. Instrument Rating Flight Test and Cross-country IFR Training: Following the Multi-engine Class Rating Flight Test, students continue their training in the Twin Comanche to prepare for the Instrument Rating Flight Test. This phase also encompasses the completion of cross-country IFR training requirements.

While this training sequence represents the ideal scenario, it’s important to note that not all students entering the Instrument Rating Program will have the same background or experience. Some students may come in with prior IFR or multi-engine experience. In such cases, Coastal Pacific Aviation Ltd will tailor the training to suit each student’s individual needs, ensuring that they receive the most effective and efficient training experience.

Flight Test and Examination Requirements:

For Multi-engine Rating students, successful completion of the program involves passing a flight test conducted in an aircraft with a Pilot Examiner. There is no written examination requirement for this rating, emphasizing the practical and skills-based nature of the evaluation.

Coastal Pacific Aviation Ltd is committed to providing flexible and customized training solutions to meet the unique needs and backgrounds of each student, ensuring that they receive the highest-quality training experience.

Requirements for Entrance (Prerequisites) and Completion

To enroll in the Instrument Rating Program, students must meet the following prerequisites:

  1. Pilot License: Students must hold a valid Commercial Pilot License or Private Pilot License, demonstrating their proficiency in piloting aircraft.

  2. Medical Certificate: Students are required to possess a valid Category 1 or Category 3 Medical Certificate, ensuring their medical fitness for flight.

  3. Educational Qualification: As per the requirements established by the StudentAid BC Policy Manual, prospective students must meet one of the following criteria for program entrance:

    • Completion of Grade 12 (or its equivalent).

    • Qualification as a mature student, which entails being at least 19 years old and not having attended school full-time for a continuous period of 52 weeks.

Cross-country Experience Consideration:

Students should take special note of the requirement for 50 hours of cross-country experience to qualify for an Instrument Rating. It’s advisable that students entering the program have already accumulated a substantial portion of this requirement, enabling them to complete it prior to achieving Instrument Rating qualification. This proactive approach ensures a smoother progression through the program.

At Coastal Pacific Aviation Ltd, we are dedicated to helping students meet these prerequisites and guiding them through a successful Instrument Rating Program. If you have any questions or need further assistance regarding the requirements or any aspect of your training, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Transport Canada's Minimum Requirements for Completion

Knowledge Requirements—Written Examination:

To qualify for the Instrument Rating (INRAT), applicants must achieve a minimum score of 70% on the written examination, which covers the following subjects:

  • Canadian Aviation Regulations

  • Instrument Flight Rules and Procedures

  • Meteorology

  • Instruments

  • Radio and Radar Systems

  • Navigation

Experience Requirements:

Applicants for an Instrument Rating must have completed the following minimum requirements:

  • 50 hours of cross-country flight experience as pilot-in-command in either aeroplanes or helicopters, with at least 10 hours in the appropriate category.

  • 40 hours of instrument time, with a maximum of 20 hours allowed for instrument ground time. The 40 hours of instrument time must include:

    • 5 hours of dual instrument flight time provided by a flight instructor.

    • 5 hours in aeroplanes (for Group 1, 2, or 3 instrument rating) or helicopters (for Group 4 instrument rating).

    • Fifteen (15) hours of dual instrument flight time provided by a qualified individual as specified in CAR 425.21(9).

    • Completion of a dual cross-country flight under simulated or actual Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC) for a minimum of 100 nautical miles. This flight should be conducted according to an IFR flight plan, including approaches to minimums, at two different locations.

Skill Requirements:

To obtain an Instrument Rating, applicants must successfully pass a flight test that aligns with the standards outlined in the Instrument Rating Flight Test Guide. This flight test evaluates the practical application of instrument flying skills and knowledge.

Coastal Pacific Aviation Ltd is committed to providing comprehensive training and guidance to help students meet these requirements and excel in their pursuit of an Instrument Rating.

Estimated Cost

The following costs represent the minimum estimated expenses for Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) students who have already completed the 20-hour instrument training requirements as part of their CPL training. Please be aware that these prices are subject to change without prior notice, allowing us to promptly respond to significant fluctuations in aviation fuel costs.

At Coastal Pacific Aviation Ltd, we are committed to providing you with the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding training costs to help you plan effectively for your aviation journey.

Essential Considerations for the Estimated Costs of Pilot Training

Training Cost Variability:

It’s crucial to recognize that predicting training costs for pilot training can be challenging. This unpredictability arises from variations in training frequency among students and differences in their skill levels, both in flight training and written examination preparation.

Effect of Written Examination Preparation:

In cases where students encounter challenges in preparing for written examinations, the primary consequence is usually delayed completion. While this may result in additional expenses, such as food and housing during extended training periods, these costs are relatively modest compared to the potential expenses incurred when adding extra practice flights to the training.

Significant Cost Variable—Flying Skills:

The most significant cost variable in pilot training pertains to students’ flying skills. To successfully obtain a Canadian Instrument Rating, students must meet the stringent flying standards set by Transport Canada, as outlined in the Instrument Rating Flight Test Guide. Coastal Pacific Aviation Ltd is committed to helping students reach and surpass these standards, ensuring they receive the necessary support to excel in their training journey.

Essential Considerations for International Students

As part of our admissions process for international students, please note the following requirements:

  • A non-refundable administrative fee of $390, payable to Coastal Pacific Aviation, is required. This fee is essential to cover administrative and courier-related expenses, including the preparation and issuance of your Letter of Acceptance.

  • The Letter of Acceptance is a crucial document that you will need when initiating your application for a Study Permit and Visa to study in Canada.

Additional Information for International Students:

For comprehensive details and additional information relevant to international students, including guidance on visa processes, immigration requirements, and other important considerations, please visit the International Students’ Page on our website. This resource is designed to assist international students in navigating their journey with us.

Approval Status:

We are pleased to inform you that this program has received approval from the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training. This approval underscores the program’s quality and adherence to educational standards, providing international students with added confidence in their choice of education.

Coastal Pacific Aviation Ltd. is dedicated to supporting international students throughout their academic and aviation experiences in Canada, and we are here to assist with any questions or concerns you may have during the admissions process or your studies.

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