The Instrument Rating is an add-on rating to either the Private Pilot or Commercial Pilot License. This rating allows you to file and fly on an instruments flight plan under the IFR rules.
An Instrument Rating is required for flight operations in adverse weather and is often required for commercial pilots flying emergency medical services or for off shore flying operations.
During the Instrument Rating, you will learn to fly the helicopter by referencing the flight instruments. We simulate flying in the clouds with a special set of glasses called “Foggles” that block out any outside references so that you are forced to trust your aircraft instruments. Instrument flying is very technical and is a great way to hone your flying skills. Today’s aviation world is beginning to require an Instrument Rating for most commercial jobs.
- Hold a Private Pilot or Commercial License
- Be at least 17 years old
- Read, write, and speak English
- Hold at least a FAA 3rd class medical certificate
- Pass a written test
- Log 50 hours of cross country flight as pilot-in-command,
- receive a endorsement from your flight instructor certifying that you are proficient and ready to take the instrument practical exam.
- Pass a practical flight test
PRICES MAY VARY
APPROXIMATE TRAINING COST
- IFR – R44 $30,000
- 40 hrs flight time
- 50 hrs ground instruction
- $1,300 Practical test and materials