Our IFR Division specializes in advanced flight training and concentrates on the Instrument RatingMulti-Engine RatingSingle-Engine Instrument Rating, IFR Renewal and the Airline Transport Pilot License.

We have designed a simple yet comprehensive program that anyone can master providing the required effort is given. We have developed an IFR Course Manual which takes you through the Instrument Rating start to finish in a simple and logical progression. This manual forms the basis of our training syllabus. Standardized professional training has been the key to our success. We have written a similar training manual for Multi-Engine training.

Originally under the name of Professional IFR, we commenced business as a Multi-IFR school only in 1986 and have completed well over 6000 Instrument Ratings since our inception. Our main base of operations is located at Boundary Bay Airport.

Training delays due to weather are minimum as we are authorized to train in “actual” instrument meteorological conditions (IMC). It is very beneficial that the candidate see some “cloud time” while doing the instrument rating.

Professional Flight Centre does recurrent and initial Instrument Training for over twenty commercial operations and corporate flight departments in the Vancouver and Victoria areas. We have an excellent rapport with many of the local commercial operators and some make it a policy to hire only Pro IFR graduates. We are recognized as “the” place to train if you want to learn to fly IFR “right”.

Our interactive seminar programs are legendary. We offer three day weekend IFR and ATPL Seminars, one day IFR Refresher Seminars, Crew Resource Management (CRM) Seminars, GPS/RNAV Seminars; Multi-Engine Seminars, Meteorology Seminars, and have some others “in the works”. Students, both experienced and ab-initio love these interactive seminars as we have a way of making learning interesting and “fun”.

Professional Flight Centre has “set the standard” in IFR training in Canada. Our standardized program is the key. All of our ground, simulator, and flight training follows the syllabus as laid out in our IFR Course Manual.

This manual ensures standardization in your training and makes completing the Instrument Rating a simple and enjoyable learning experience. You will be taught the same “Pro IFR System” no matter who the instructor is. This systematic approach will allow you to fly effective IFR no matter where on the globe you choose to operate.

US Check Seminar at Boundary Bay Airport (CZBB)
Piper Seminole Cockpit with G500, Aspen Avionics backup display & two CGR-30P engine instrument displays

We make extensive use of our ALSIM 250 and RedBird flight simulators and train you to flight test standard in the simulator before we commence the flight training portion. We have found this to be the most efficient and cost effective way to train. Comprehensive pre and post ground briefings accompany all of our simulator and aircraft training sessions.

Our aircraft of choice is Diamond DA-42 Twin Star and Piper PA-44 Seminole aircraft, which are all equipped with an excellent modern avionics package of G1000, GPS; HSI; RMI; and DME.

ALSIM 250 Panels

Types of Instrument Ratings

  • Group 1 – This type of instrument rating is given when the flight test was completed in a multi-engine plane (Multi-IFR Rating).
  • Group 2 — This rating is given when the flight test was completed in a multi-engine centre line thrust airplane (Multi-Engine Rating).
  • Group 3 — This rating is given when the flight test was completed in a single-engine plane (Singe-Engine IFR).



  • The candidate must hold a Private Licence.



  • 40 hours of instrument time (Instrument time previously logged for the PPL, night rating or CPL could count toward this minimum time.)
  • 50 Hours X-Country PIC
  • A dual cross-country of at least 100 nautical miles, under simulated or actual IFR conditions must be completed.
  • A Transport Canada Written and Flight Test must be completed


How fast can I get it done?

  • Training is at the student’s pace and convenience. The course will take 4-6 weeks if full time and 2 months if part time (3-2 lessons a week).

What is the Cost?

Minimum requirements and cost estimates can be found on each rating’s program page.

More questions?

Please visit our FAQ section that addresses more frequently asked questions regarding CPL and Flight Training. Feel free to contact us if you have further questions.

Piper Seminole at Boundary Bay Airport