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Starting in 2016, instrument ratings in Canada no longer expired, but an IFR-rated pilot was required to meet specific recency requirements. In addition to meeting 6-month requirements, a recency requirement must be completed every 24 months. For most GA IFR pilots, this includes either an instrument flight test, or an instrument proficiency check (IPC).

Maintaining Instrument Rating Privileges

For most IFR Rated pilots, an IPC completed in an approved simulator is the preferred option to meet the currency requirement. The reasons for completing a simulator-based IPC include:

  • A simulator-based IPC is typically less expensive to complete compared to using an aircraft, especially for Group 1 ratings that require a twin engine aircraft.
  • Flight time in a simulator can be optimized by skipping forward to the next scenario, eliminating long flight times between locations
  • An IPC in a simulator is not affected by weather and can be scheduled at a convenient time for the pilot, which is especially important given there is no extension to the 24-month requirement and winter months can limit available flight time.
  • The simulator can create specific IMC scenarios, injecting much greater realism with subsequently better training

One of the challenges for pilots in Southern and Central Ontario has been accessing a certified simulator to complete their instrument proficiency check. At Genesis Flight College, our new, state-of-the-art ALSIM 250, approved by Transport Canada for IPCs, provides IFR pilots with an opportunity complete their IPCs to quickly and efficiently on a schedule that meets the applicant’s requirements. Our instructors are available to help applicants prepare for their IPCs and become familiar with the ALSIM 250.