As a Professional Helicopter Pilot, you will need to be rated for Helicopter IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) in order to navigate and control the helicopter in clouds or dense fog under IMC conditions. Additionally, instrument equipped rotorcraft are becoming more and more commonplace. Corporations are placing emphasis on this particular rating when choosing prospective candidates for employment. The hours accumulated can be counted towards the Commercial Rating.
The Instrument Rating courses are designed to teach a student how to competently operate and navigate the helicopter in less than VFR weather conditions, in accordance with helicopter IFR procedures. During this course, the student will develop all of the skills and knowledge necessary to successfully complete the Instrument Rating Practical Test administered by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This course is a prerequisite for enrollment into the Certified Instrument Instructor Rating Course.
During instrument ground school, a student will gain the knowledge required to safely conduct an IFR flight, including an understanding of IFR charts, cross-country planning, aircraft flight instruments, navigational equipment, and helicopter IFR regulations. The flight component of the course will give students the skills necessary operate the helicopter safely within the IFR environment including the ability to perform instrument approaches, holds, and IFR navigation.
The Part 61 course includes:
The Part 61 Add-On course is for the student who holds a Instrument Certificate but not in a Helicopter/Rotorcraft.
The Part 61 Add-On course includes: