IRT500 - Instrument Rating Procedures

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Subject Title
Instrument Rating Procedures

Subject Description
This course covers advanced instrument flying rules, regulations and procedures, and leads to a comprehensive program of in-class planning of I.F.R. cross-country exercises. The student is required to call on knowledge acquired in previous courses such as meteorology, navigation, VFR flight operations and aircraft systems. IRT500 prepares the student for advanced instrument flight operations associated with the qualifications required to hold a Canadian Instrument Rating. On completion of the subject the student will be prepared to undertake the written and practical Transport Canada Instrument Rating examinations.

Credit Status
One Credit. Any student not obtaining a 70% on the final exam of this course will not receive a letter of recommendation to write the Transport Canada INRAT exam. In this case a Program Review Board will be convened

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:


  1. Use various charts, approach plates, and other publications associated with IFR Flight.
  2. Explain pitot-static and gyroscopic flight instruments, particularly their design, errors and usage by the instrument rated pilot.
  3. Explain the operation and usage of the VOR and DME as aids to enroute and terminal IFR flight procedures.
  4. Explain the operation and usage of the ADF and RMI equipment as aids to enroute and  terminal IFR flight procedures.
  5. Use LOC, ILS and back course procedures and explain ILS advantages and limitations as a primary instrument approach aid.
  6. Use the Global Positioning System (GPS) as a navigation aid for enroute and terminal IFR operations.
  7. Explain and use radar systems in use in the IFR environment, including PAR, terminal area, and enroute radar. 
  8. Explain Canadian domestic airspace and VFR procedures in preparation for detailed discussion on applied instrument flight procedures.
  9. Prepare for safe and effective flight in an IFR environment, including departure, enroute, holding, separation and instrument arrival procedures.
  10. Integrate all previous knowledge and correctly complete IFR flight plans/flight logs for a number of simulated IFR cross-country flights.
  11. Explain the constraints to aircraft operations that are imposed by geographic and aircraft limitations during the design of airways and instrument approach procedures.
  12. Interpret various weather systems and demonstrate knowledge of the effects of the weather during IFR flight.
  13. Explain the conditions of issue, validity and renewal of the instrument rating

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

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Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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Discrimination/Harassment
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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