Instrument Rating

At this point you already have your private rotorcraft and might have your commercial rating. Regardless from which background you arrive, this step will take what instrument abilities you have and develop them even further. As a result you will have a much better grasp on what to do when you inadvertently run into IMC or Instrument Meteorological Conditions (bad weather). The schooling provided for this certificate will teach you to confidently fly with little outside visibility. This rating is also an integral part in obtaining higher paying jobs. Many Insurance Companies and Employers, such as EMS (Emergency Medical Services) and Offshore Oil Transport Operators require an Instrument Rating.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Hold at least a Private Helicopter Certificate
  • Pass the Airman's Knowledge Test
  • Pass the Oral and Practical Test
Minimum Flight Experience
  • 50 hours of X-C PIC
  • 40 hours of simulated or actual instrument flight
    • 15 hours of instrument flight training from an authorized instructor in the aircraft category and class 100 nautical mile instrument X-C in helicopter
  • 3 hours instrument training in helicopters in preparation for the test