VFR Over The Top rating

The beauty of flying above the clouds is surreal to experience, yet this rating has real practical benefits too like allowing you to fly over poor weather rather than through it when visual reference to the ground is unavailable. VFR OTT is included in the privileges for a Commercial Licence.

Training Overview

The VFR OTT program is separated into two related paths: ground training and flight training. Ground training consists of a knowledge and understanding of all pertinent air regulations, airspace, weather, instrument flying techniques, and the use of radio nav aids. ADF, VOR, and GPS will be covered. Although there is no flight test or written exam candidates must meet the skill requirements. A pilot who holds a Commercial Licence or Instrument Rating can receive VFR OTT privileges automatically.

Insignia College Admission Requirements


Applicant must be a minimum of 17 years of age.

Medical Fitness

Category 1 or 3 medical are the minimum requirements for Night Rating endorsement.
All pilots are required to have a Medical Certificate. Students seeking careers as Commercial Pilots should obtain a Category 1 Medical Certificate.


The candidate must hold a valid Private Pilot Licence.

Flight Training

Flight Training – Dual

A minimum of 15 hours instrument training. Instrument hours from the Private Pilot Licence and Night Rating may be included in which five (5) hours may be instrument ground time; and

Reach the level of knowledge and skill specified in the Flight Instructor Guide – VFR Over-The-Top.

Tuition fee

Licensing Fee
Flight Training Cost
Total Cost
Licensing Fee  $40

Flight Training cost based on Transport Canada Minimum:

  Hours Rate Total
Dual Flights 10 Hours $202/hr $2020
Ground Briefing 5 Hours $50/hr $250

Note: All rates are the same for domestic and international students.

The cost is based on the Cessna 172 Skyhawk.

Fuel surcharges will apply on top of these hourly rates. Prices are subject to change, and taxes are applied where applicable.

(Effective September 1, 2019)

Total  $2310


Training is at the student’s pace and convenience and can start any time. when possible, some training will be scheduled under actual conditions. The course will take 1 week if full time and 3 weeks if part time.



Private Pilot Licence


VFR Over The Top Rating

The candidate must hold a valid Private Pilot Licence.

There is no flight test or written exam are required. Candidates must meet the skill requirements and Complete a qualifying flight by demonstrating the level of skill specified in the Flight Instructor Guide.

Disclaimer: This program does not require approval by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training. As such, the registrar did not review this program.