I’m doing some preliminary research into getting my IFR rating in Toronto. My rough plan is to see if I can start up in the spring, and get ‘er done before the end of the summer.
My biggest concern is about staying current. I dug up the CARs and section 401.05(3) spells it out for you:
(3) No holder of an instrument rating shall exercise the privileges referred to in Section 401.47 unless the holder has
(b) within the six months preceding the flight, acquired six hours of instrument time and completed six instrument approaches to the minima specified in the Canada Air Pilot in an aircraft, in actual or simulated instrument meteorological conditions, or in a Level B, C or D simulator of the same category as the aircraft or in a flight training device under the supervision of a person who holds the qualifications referred to in subsection 425.21(9) of the personnel licensing standards;
(c) within the six months preceding the flight, acquired six hours of instrument time and completed six instrument approaches to the minima specified in the Canada Air Pilot in an aircraft, in actual or simulated instrument meteorological conditions, while acting as a flight instructor conducting training in respect of the endorsement of a flight crew licence or permit with an instrument rating; or
(i) Schedule I to Standard 624 – Private Operator Passenger Transportation of the General Operating and Flight Rules Standards, in respect of aircraft operated under Subpart 4 of Part VI…
So, correct me if I’m wrong, but this means that after I get my IFR rating, I will have to log 6 hours of IFR time (in a simulator or airplane) with 6 approaches, every 6 months? (the 6-6-6 rule). Then every 2 years, I will have to do a check ride to renew the rating in an actual airplane.
Keeping current in a simulator will be out of the question. The Transport Canada Simulator Search doesn’t yield any C172 simulators. So the only option would be to spend 6 hours in an actual aircraft to stay current.
Does anyone have any recommendations for a school/instructor to get my IFR Rating? I’ll share any research I come up with in the next few weeks with you.
Update: Doug says that the easiest way to stay current is to get the PPC ride done once a year (item d) in the CARs listed above.