Ratings

 

ENDORSEMENTS TO ENHANCE YOUR PILOT LICENCE

Glacier Air provides the very best in mountain flight training and our first priorities are safety and preparedness. Our certified flight instructors offer training to acquiring various instrument and instructor ratings. All our certified mountain flying training programs are recognized by Transport Canada. 

A Night Rating is an endorsement that can be added onto your Private Pilot Licence. It allows you to fly at night and experience the exhilarating feeling that comes from flying in darkness. 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.

 

Prerequisites

To apply for the Night Rating you must hold a valid Private Pilot Licence.

 

Experience Requirements

To acquire the Night Rating, you must have a minimum of 20 hours in aeroplanes, including:

  • 10 hours of night flying time including:

    • 5 hours of dual, including 2 hours dual night cross-country
    • 5 hours of solo, including 10 takeoffs and landings
  • 10 hours of dual instrument time (includes 5 hours acquired with your PPL)

 

The ground portion of the training includes a general review of Canadian Airspace, airport and aircraft requirements, weather requirements for VFR night flight, interpreting and applying weather products, instrument flying techniques, and 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.

 

Training Facilities

The Squamish Airport is NOT equipped with lights, therefore night training is conducted at airports such as Sechelt, Pitt Meadows and Langley. Overnight accommodations may be arranged as required for an additional charge.

 

For more information, see the Night Rating Requirements on the Transport Canada website.

COSTS

 *5 hrs Dual Night – $1,050

 *5 hrs Dual Instrument – $1,050

 5 hrs Solo – $750

*Pre Flight Briefings – $120

Licence Endorsement – $75

TOTAL: $3045

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Flying Visual Flight Rules Over-The-Top (VFR-OTT) means flying with visual reference to a layer of cloud instead of the earth’s surface without holding an Instrument Flight Rating (IFR). 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 VFR-OTT rating is an endorsement that can be added on to your Private Pilot Licence. There are limits to flying VFR-OTT and flights should only be conducted when there is no risk of accidentally encountering actual IFR flight conditions.

 

Prerequisites

To apply for the VFR-OTT Rating, you must hold a valid Private Pilot Licence and Category 1 or 3 Medical Certificate.

 

Experience Requirements

The flight training for the VFR OTT Rating includes the instrument elements of the Commercial Pilot Licence and requires 15 hours of instrument training. Any instrument time gained on the Private Pilot Licence or Night Rating can be applied towards the VFR-OTT requirements. If you hold a Commercial Pilot Licence, you will already be rated for VFR Over-The-Top.

 

No written examination is required. However, you will be required to understand all flight rules governing night operations including:

  • Currency requirements for the carrying of passengers
  • Weather minimum requirements for VFR Over-The-Top flights

 

In addition, you should become acquainted with the human physiology and sensory illusions associated with night flight.

 

The ground portion of the training includes a general review of Canadian Airspace, weather requirements for VFR-OTT flight, interpreting and applying weather products, and 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.

 

For more information, see the VFR-OTT Rating Requirements on the Transport Canada website.

COSTS

  *10 hrs Dual  – $2,100

(15 hrs if no IFR in PPL)

*Pre Flight Briefings – $275

Licence Endorsement – $75

TOTAL: $2,475

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Glacier Air specializes in teaching a very comprehensive Flight Instructor Rating Course to qualified, dedicated candidates. All candidates are interviewed by our Chief Flight Instructor prior to acceptance into the program. Only candidates who are serious about teaching and have a passion to share the joys of flight should pursue a flight instructor rating.

 

The Flight Instructor Rating is designed to provide a Commercial Pilot with the additional knowledge and skills needed to teach others how to fly.

 

Prerequisites

To apply for the Flight Instructor Rating, you must hold a valid Canadian Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane, or Airline Transport Pilot Licence – Aeroplane. The minimum age for the issue of an Instructor Rating is 18.

 

Flight Training

All Flight Instructor Rating training is done one-on-one with a Class 1 or 2 Flight Instructor at the Squamish Municipal Airport. Please contact our Chief Flight Instructor, François Leh, for details.

 

Transport Canada links for the Flight Instructor Rating – Class 4

COSTS

Costs do NOT include aircraft rental for solo practice. Exams and flights tests are payable to Transport Canada.

  30 hrs Dual Instruction– $6,450

20 hrs Ground School – $1,300

Registration & Supplies – $500

TC Written Exam – $35

TC Flight Test – $200

Aircraft Flight Test Use $225

TOTAL: $8,710

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Glacier Air offers extensive one-on-one Class 1 and Class 2 Aerobatic Instructor training. Although Transport Canada requirements are only 10 hours of dual flight training for a Class 2 Aerobatic Instructor Rating, a serious candidate should have substantially more aerobatic flight experience. The Aerobatic Instructor Rating is designed to provide a Commercial Pilot with the additional knowledge and skills needed to teach others how to safely fly Aerobatics.

 

Class 2 Prerequisites

To obtain a Class 2 Aerobatic Instructor Rating, you must:

  • hold a valid Canadian Commercial Pilot Licence and Class 1 Medical
  • be 18 years of age or older
  • be medically fit and prepared, both mentally and physically, to withstand unusual flight attitudes and G-forces
  • be able to demonstrate proficiency at ground handling, taxi, takeoff and landing tailwheel aeroplanes and operations of constant speed, fuel injected aeroplanes
  • acquire a minimum 10 hours Dual flight instruction in the conducting of aerobatic maneuvers or a total of 20 hours conducting solo aerobatic maneuvers
  • acquire a minimum 1 hour of conducting aerobatic maneuvers in the preceding six months.
  • acquire certification from the holder of a Class 1 or Class 2 Aerobatics Instructor Rating that you are competent to perform Aerobatic maneuvers

 

Class 2 Ground School

You must complete a minimum of 15 hours of Aerobatic Instructor Rating ground school which shall include:

  • Practical application of basic techniques of instruction and principles of learning as outlined in Section 1 of the Flight Instructor Guide
  • Lesson planning
  • Theory of flight applicable to aerobatics
  • Preparatory ground instruction procedures
  • Pre- and post-flight briefing procedures
  • Teaching aerobatic flight maneuvers
  • Aircraft structural limitations
  • Medical factors and human tolerances
  • Aerobatic pre-flight inspection
  • Considerations for recovery from unplanned maneuvers
  • Flight safety considerations
  • Regulations and airspace restrictions relating to aerobatic flight
  • Presentation of pilot decision-making concepts

 

Class 2 Flight Training

Glacier Air operates a Bellanca Super Decathlon 8KCAB which is approved for aerobatic flight training. No written examination is required. However, you will be required to obtain 90% in the written examination PSTAR, unless previously completed.

 

In addition, you must complete a minimum of 10 hours of dual flight instruction on the teaching of aerobatic maneuvers including:

  • Aerobatic spin entry and recovery (minimum 1 turn)
  • Loop
  • Barrel Roll
  • Slow Roll
  • Snap Roll
  • Hammerhead Turn
  • Combination maneuvers including:

    • 1/2 Loop followed by 1/2 Roll (Immelmann Turn)
    • 1/2 Roll followed by 1/2 Loop (Split S)
    • 5/8 Loop followed by 45° Descending 1/2 Roll (1/2 Cuban 8)
    • 45º Climbing 1/2 Roll followed by 5/8 Loop (1/2 Reverse Cuban 8)
  • Recovery techniques from unplanned aerobatic maneuvers.

 

Finally, you must complete a flight test to the standard outlined in the Flight Test Guide – Flight Instructor Rating – Aeroplanes, Helicopters, Aerobatic (TP5537E).

 

Class 1 Prerequisites and Training

A Class 1 Aerobatic Instructor Rating is needed in order to instruct others on how to become Class 2 Aerobatic Instructors. In order to qualify for this rating, you must hold a Class 2 Aerobatic Instructor Rating (see above), have a minimum of 50 hours of aerobatic flight instructing experience, complete 10 hours of Aerobatic Instructor Rating ground school instruction on topics relating to the training of instructors, pass a written exam and a practical flight test.

 

Please contact our Chief Flight Instructor, François Leh, for more information about Class 1 and Class 2 Aerobatic Instructor Ratings.

 

Transport Canada links for the Aerobatics Instructor Rating – Class 1 & 2

CLASS 2 COSTS

Exams and flights tests are payable to Transport Canada.

  10 hrs Dual Instruction – $3,250

15 hrs Ground School – $975

5 hrs Briefings – $325

TC Written Exam – $35

TC Flight Test – $200

Aircraft Fkight Test Use – $285

TOTAL: $5070

CLASS 1 COSTS

Exams and flights tests are payable to Transport Canada.

10 hrs Ground School – $650

TC Written Exam – $35

TC Flight Test – $200

TOTAL: $885

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Effective November 1, 2016
*Based on Cessna 172 and Class 3 or 4 Flight Instructor.
Costs and fees do not include applicable taxes. Due to global oil price fluctuations, rates are subject to change without notice. Payment for flight training is Pay-As-You-Go and due upon completion of each flight lesson. Payments can be made by Cash, Visa, MasterCard or Debit Card.

HELPFUL RESOURCES

TRAINING & LICENSING

Transport Canada’s Air Personnel Training and Licensing information portal.

 

SELECTING A FLYING SCHOOL

Transport Canada’s criteria for identifying the right pilot school.

 

CARs

Transport Canada’s Canadian Aviation Regulations.

 

TC AIM

Transport Canada’s Aeronautical Information Manual.

 

CIVIL AVIATION MEDICINE

Transport Canada’s Civil Aviation Medicine web page for everything you need to know about medical exams.

 

MEDICAL STANDARDS

Transport Canada’s Medical Standards for Physical and Mental requirements.

 

FINDING A DOCTOR

Transport Canada’s Civil Aviation Medical Examiners search engine.

 

AVIATION WEATHER

Nav Canada’s weather forecasts and observations in both alphanumeric and graphical weather data.

 

WEATHER MODELS

Computerized weather forecasts for the Pacific Northwest provided by the University of Washington.

 

SQUAMISH WEATHER

Current conditions including 7-day forecast and historical data provided by the Government of Canada.

 

SQUAMISH WEB CAM

NavCanada’s north and south webcam views of Squamish Airport.