VFR Over the Top Rating

Transport Canada defines the minimum requirements for the VFR Over the Top Rating as follows:

  • 15 hours dual instrument time of which 5 may be done in a simulator.
  • An applicant for a VFR OTT Rating shall have reached the level of skill specified in the Flight Instructor Standard – VFR OTT.


The pre-requisites for this rating are:

  • Private Pilot Licence-Aeroplane Category
  • 17 years of age
  • a valid Category 1 or Category 3 Medical Certificate


The minimum costs (from Visions Flight Services) to obtain this rating are:

10 hrs dual instrument $500
5 hrs ground instruction $225
Transport Canada Fees (approx.) $  30
Total * $755

* These are the minimum fees that you would pay to us for the instructor’s time and for TC’s paperwork filing fees. All aircraft rental for the flight training and associated costs are in addition to these numbers.

** With respect to dual instrument training, the requirements for the VFR OTT Rating are in fact 15 hours dual instrument time.  For most students seeking a VFR OTT Rating, 5 of the 15 hours would have been completed as part of their Private Pilot’s licence.