VFR Over The Top Rating (VFR OTT)

VFR OTT PREREQUISITES

  • Private Pilot License

VFR OTT PRIVILEGES

  • Fly VFR over the clouds

Flying Over-the-Top means flying above a layer of cloud. This type of VFR flying means not having ground references anymore! It requires training in instrument and radio navigation flying.  It also requires good weather interpretation skills to be able to land at destination in VFR conditions.

Don’t fly below a cloud layer when you can actually enjoy the sun above!

VFR OTT REQUIREMENTS​

​​Ground School

No ground school (self-study or in a classroom) but good weather reports and forecasts interpretation skills required

Flight training time
  • 15 hours instrument time (including any instrument time from a PPL or a night rating):
    – 5 hours can be done in a simulator
  • No Written test
  • No Flight test

Those requirements are the minimums set by transport Canada to pass the flight test. On average, students need around 50-60 hours total time to be ready.

 Official requirements from Transport Canada

AFTER THE TRAINING

  • Your VOR OTT rating will let you use the full potential of NavAids such VOR/NDB or GPS.

COST & DURATION OF TRAINING

Training is at student’s pace and convenience. The course can take 1-2 weeks full time, 1 months part time (at least 2 lessons a week is recommended)

The following estimate is based on Transport Canada minimums. The prices in Canadian Dollars may change anytime without notice. Feel free to consult us  for the most up to date rates.

Item Hours $/hour Total (CAD$)
Airplane rental (Dry) 10 110 $1,100
Instructor 15 70 $1,050
Simulator rental 5 30 $150
Ground briefing 10 70 $700
Total before taxes
    $3,000
Taxes TVQ/GST
  0
Total including taxes     $3,000
Additional costs
TC licensing fee $35
Total     $3,032

Duration and cost of the training may vary depending on each student availability, on the amount of self-study provided and also on the weather conditions.

Fuel cost for flight training vary and is billed based on fuel rate at the pump.
On average, the airplane burns 30 Liters/hour of Avgas at $2/Liter. So $60/h of flight.
Add around $600 for fuel cost.

Duration and cost of the training may vary. Contact us for an estimate!