Mountain Flight Training
VFR Over-The-Top Rating (VFR OTT), a Transport Canada recognized program
Flying VFR Over-the-Top means flying with visual reference to a layer of cloud instead of the earth’s surface.
This type of VFR flying offers challenges that require an advanced training in instrument flying and radio navigation skills. It also requires advanced training and skill in interpretation and application of weather reports and forecasts.
The flight training for the VFR OTT Rating includes the instrument elements of the Commercial Pilot License, and requires 15 hours of instrument training. Any instrument time gained on the Private Pilot License or Night Rating can be applied. Those who hold a Commercial Pilot License will already be rated for VFR Over-the-Top.
The ground portion of the training will include a general review of Canadian Airspace, weather requirements for VFR OTT flight, interpreting and applying weather products, instrument flying techniques, operation of ADF, VOR, and GPS navigation systems.
The Rating is given by Transport Canada on the recommendation of the Flight Instructor, who must certify that all the requirements have been met. There is no written or flight exam.
To assist those who wish to pursue a VFR OTT Rating, the cost breakdown in the right column is provided assuming a candidate begins the training with the minimum 5 hours of instrument training gained through the Private Pilot License.
All costs are effective July 1, 2010. Costs do not include applicable taxes and are subject to change without notice.
All flight training is based at the Squamish Municipal Airport.