Instrument Rating Course
The Instrument Rating Rotorcraft/Helicopter course is taught
using our Instrument Rating Helicopter for Part 141 and Part 61
Certification. The course is highly structured and gives a
detailed, step by step guide for the Student and Instructor to
succesfully complete the course at or very close to the FAA
minimum ground & flight times.
Privileges and Limitations
This program is intended
for those students who are interested in learning to fly a
helicopter IFR conditions.
An Instrument Rating is
required for flight operations in adverse weather, known as
Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC). Without this
license a pilot is restricted to flight in good weather
(known as Visual Flight Rules or 'VFR') conditions.
Operations such as offshore flying or Emergency Medical
Services may require a pilot to hold an Instrument rating.
Nowadays most insurance will require an instrument
rating when seeking a position as a commercial pilot.
An Instrument rating will train you to fly the aircraft
by reference to the flight instruments alone, when there are
limited visual cues outside the aircraft. You will also
learn to fly in controlled airspace, dealing closely with
air traffic control and making precise approaches in the
busy Southern California skies.
How Long Will It Take?
The length of time that is required to complete the
Instrument course depends largely on your ability, motivation to
learn, the amount of time you dedicate to studying and your
proficiency with the English language.
It usually takes about eight weeks to complete the
Instrument helicopter course if a reasonably full
schedule is maintained.
Hold at least a Private Pilot certificate, with a
Rotorcraft Category and Helicopter Class rating.
Be able to read, speak,
write and understand the English language.
A passing grade of 70% or better on the FAA
Rating Aeronautical Experience Requirements
50 hours XC PIC flight
must be in a helicopter.
40 hours of simulated
those hours can be in an approved simulator.
those hours can be in an approved flight training device.
15 hours must be with an approved
3 hours of dual instruction in a helicopter in preparation for the FAA practical
test within the 60-day period preceding the check ride.
The Private Pilot flight training course is divided
into three phases:
PHASE 1 (Pre-solo)