Having you instrument rating is a crucial tool when becoming a safer pilot or a professional pilot. Most helicopter companies are requiring instrument ratings for all of their new pilot candidates. The instrument rating allows you to get in and out of locations that have less than ideal weather condition and makes you a much better pilot when relying on your instruments.
Be at least 18 years old
Currently have at least a Helicopter Private Pilot License
Hold at least a current FAA Second Class Medical Certificate (to receive compensation)
Acquire at least 50 hours of XC (cross-country) flight time as PIC (Pilot In Command), 10 hours of which must have been in a helicopter
Acquire at least 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time, including a minimum of 15 hours of instrument flight training from a Flight Instructor certified to teach the instrument rating (CFII)
Pass FAA written test (knowledge exam) and checkride (practical test)
American Helicopters provides a multitude of pricing options for the Instrument Rating.
1. Block Time - Purchase 10 hours of flight instruction and get an extra hour for free!
2. Pay As You Go
We offer a Instrument Pilot package that includes all books, materials and test and checkride fee with 50 hours of Dual/Instruction time and 40 hours of ground. The pre-paid package price is $17,500.00 in a R-22. If you are over 200 Lbs, inquire about upgrading to an R-44.