Not every day is blue skies and sunshine. The Instrument Rating program gives you the required skills and knowledge to be able to fly and navigate in bad weather. Many private pilots choose to add an instrument rating to their licence and it is an important program on the way to a pilot career.


Title:   Group 3 Instrument Rating
Prerequisites:   Private Pilot Licence or Commercial Pilot Licence
Schedule:   Part-Time or Full-Time
Intake:   Continuous
Duration:   Approximately 3 Months (Part-Time)
Cost:   Depends on Previous Flight Experience

Advanced Standing

Applicants who have partially completed training toward an Instrument Rating at another flight school may be credited advanced standing in accordance with Transport Canada regulations and at the discretion of the Chief Flight Instructor.

Program of Study

Ground School is not mandatory for the Instrument Rating, but is highly recommended. Students must be prepared to obtain a minimum mark of 70% on the Transport Canada written examination which includes the following areas:
  • Canadian Aviation Regulations
  • Instrument Flight Rules and Procedures
  • Meteorology
  • Instruments
  • Radio and Radar Systems
  • Navigation

Flight Training

The amount of flight instruction required will depend on how much time the student enters the program with. To obtain an Instrument Rating, the following minimum flight time requirements must be met:

  • 50 Hours Cross-Country Pilot-In-Command
  • 40 Hours Instrument Time (Max 20 in Simulator)
  • 100 nm IFR Cross-Country

Payment Schedule

Due to the large costs associated with flight training, Discovery Aviation Academy does not expect students to pay tuition fees upfront or in large installments. Discovery Aviation Academy utilizes the "Pay-Per-Lesson" method, where the student settles their invoice after each lesson.

Since the amount of the program is highly dependent on the level of instrument and cross-country hours already held, it is best to sit down 1-on-1 with one of our instructors to map out a training plan and estimated cost for the program.


Students graduate the program when they have received letters of recommendation for both the Transport Canada written examination and flight test.


Enrollment for this program is continuous, meaning students can start flight training toward the Instrument Rating at any time.

Apply to train with DAA

If you are interested in learning more about DAA or would like to start your training with us please contact us using one of the methods listed below:

Phone: (705) 693-3346
E-mail: info@flydaa.ca
Address: 8555 Aviation Road, Garson, Ontario P3L1V4