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)
The object of this phase is to train you to the level where you
can safely perform all the basic flight maneuvers and
procedures. You will learn to hover and then pickup and set down
the helicopter. You
will practice take offs, landings, traffic patterns, and radio
work. When you and your instructor are ready, it will be time
for the big step -- your first solo. You will start your big day
with a few traffic patterns with your flight instructor to be
sure you feel comfortable. When you land, your instructor will
get out and watch you repeat the maneuvers. You will pick the
helicopter up to a hover, this time all on your own, and execute
a few more traffic patterns before returning to your instructor,
a new person and ready for stage II.
PHASE II (Student Pilot)
During this phase you will develop your skills in the basic
maneuvers. Between solo flights you will fly with your
instructor who will introduce you to the advanced maneuvers and
the principles of cross-country navigation. This is probably the
most exciting part of the training, since you now get a chance
to put the skills you have acquired to practical use. During
this period your instructor will also teach you the techniques
of night flying and mountain flying.
PHASE III (Pre-Check ride)
This consists of the last few hours of dual instruction, during
which your instructor assists in refining your skills in
preparation for the practical test. No new maneuvers are
introduced during this phase; most of the emphasis is on
accuracy and judgment. This phase ends with the check ride which
is given by an FAA designated examiner.
All students must pass the
FAA written examination as well as an FAA oral examination on
their check ride. As preparation you will receive a minimum of
20 hours of one-on-one ground instruction with your flight
We require that all of our
student’s successfully pass their written examination prior to
their first solo flight. It is our goal to insure that all
of our students pass their written examination with a passing
grade of 90% or better.
We have developed a training strategy that allows our
students to achieve this level of success, time and time again.