VFR Over-The-Top

Outline of Requirements

VFR OTT Rating1.   Prerequisite: Valid Private Pilot License

The VFR-OTT Rating allows Private and Commercial Pilots in airplanes or helicopters to fly on top of cloud or between layers when operating under visual flight rules. There is no written examination or flight test for the VFR-OTT rating. Applicants shall have completed a minimum of 15 hours of dual instrument time, of which a maximum of five hours may be instrument ground time. Instrument time completed on other courses may be counted.

Sample Costs

Aircraft Type > Cessna 152 Cessna 172M Cessna 172S
5 Dual Instrument Hours(*) $800.00 $900.00 $1000.00
5 Hours NT361 Flight Simulator $225.00 $225.00 $225.00
10 Briefing Hours $350.00 $350.00 $350.00
Ground School $350.00 $350.00 $350.00
Transport Canada licensing fee $30.00 (HST exempt) $30.00 (HST exempt) $30.00 (HST exempt)
Reference Material Optional Optional Optional
Total  $1,755.00 + HST $1,855.00 + HST $1,955.00 + HST

(*) The five hours of instrument training from the Private Pilot license can be credited towards the total requirement of 15 instrument hours for the rating.

Skill: An applicant for a VFR OTT rating shall have reached the level of skill specified in the Flight Instructor Standard – VFR OTT.

Rates may change without notice

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