Our IFR Division specializes in advanced flight training and concentrates on the Instrument RatingMulti-Engine RatingSingle-Engine Instrument RatingIFR 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  base of operations is located at Boundary Bay Airport in Delta, BC.

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”.


Standardized Training Program

Although our emphasis is dedicated to professional training, we promote a relaxed atmosphere and firmly believe that your training should be a positive experience. You will truly enjoy your time with Professional Flight Centre. We love what we do and it shows. We are Canada’s number one advanced flight training operation and are extremely proud of the job that we do.

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.

We make extensive use of our ALSIM and RedBird twin engine 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 one of our Diamond DA-42 Twin Star or Piper PA-44 Seminole aircraft, which are all equipped with an excellent modern avionics package of GPS; HSI; RMI; and DME.

Diamond DA42 G1000 Panel
Piper Seminole Cockpit with G500, Aspen Avionics backup display & two CGR-30P engine instrument displays

Seminars Programs

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”.




  • 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).

ALSIM 250 Cockpit

Do I need to pay full program cost up front?

No, there is no need to prepay full program cost up front. Instead, you will pay as you go and be charged by “flight time”. This is the time from engine start to engine stop. The hobbs meter in the aircraft keeps track of this time in .1 hour intervals (6-minute intervals). This article explains why paying full program cost up front may not be a good idea.

What is the Cost?

Scroll down for minimum requirements and cost estimates for obtaining a Group 1 (Conventional Multi Engine) IFR Rating with Professional Flight Centre.


Transport Canada Required Minimums for Group 1 (Conventional Multi Engine) IFR Rating:

Redbird Full Motion Sim – 20 hours @$195.00 $3900.00
DA-42 Twin Star or Piper Seminole Training – 25 hours @ $449.00 $11225.00
Ground Briefing – 10 hours @ $90.00 $900.00
3-Day IFR Written Exam Seminar $550.00
1-Day IFR refresher Seminar $200.00
IFR Course Manual $195.00
Multi-Engine Manual $150.00
Total Fees to Professional Flight Centre ($CAD): $17120.00

Incidental Fees:

Multi-Engine Rating AP Fee $90.00
IFR AP Fee $90.00
Flight Test Examiner Fee $800.00
Transport Canada Written Exam Fee $35.00
Transport Canada Licensing Fee $60.00
Total Incidental Fees ($CAD): $1075.00
Total course estimate for the Group 1 (Conventional Multi Engine) IFR Rating ($CAD): $18195.00

(Effective March 25th, 2024)


  • These prices do not include applicable taxes & fuel surcharges. The above estimate is based on Transport Canada minimums, any additional training required to meet standards will be billed at the applicable rate.
  • All prices are in Canadian Dollars ($CAD). For conversion rates to your local currency click here.
  • Prices subject to change.
  • Click here to learn about refund policy.
  • This Program has been approved by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.

More questions?

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