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Instrument Rating (IR)

Overview

 

An Instrument rating has become a must-have in the arsenal of a helicopter pilot.

  • For safety: Even if you are planning on being a "VFR" pilot, simply recognizing that we are just all human (bad decision making - mistakes) or unexpected weather happens, the study of the NTSB database demonstrates that being a rated AND proficient instrument pilot is an investment for an increased life expectancy.

  • For career: The majority of jobs require an instrument rating; either it is inherent to the work (IFR Offshore captain, IFR-EMS or VIP pilot) or simply required by an insurance policy for some VFR operations (Flight over water, VFR-EMS). This is also true when trying to find your first job as a flight instructor!

Our training course has been designed by our experienced staff members who have real IFR experience from operating from the North Sea to the coast of West Africa. We offer the IR training in the traditional 6 pack instrument aircraft but prioritize this training in the glass cockpit environment. We realize there is a lot of discussion around that topic. Have a look at what we think regarding EFIS vs traditional 6 Pack instrumentation.

Course Features

Pre-requisites:

  • Hold a private rotorcraft helicopter certificate

  • Has logged 50 hrs of cross-country PIC

  • Be able to read, speak, write and understand English

Training:

  • Appropriate ground knowledge

  • 40 hours of instrument time

Course length:

  • 3 months

Aircraft:

  • S300CBi

  • R22

  • R44

  • B206B3

Our 141 IR Program

 

Removes the requirement to have 50 hrs of cross-country PIC time and reduces the training time.

Training:

  • Ground School: 68 hrs

  • Dual: 31.5 hrs of instrument training

  • Sim: 3.5 hrs

Course length:

  •  2.5 months

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141 IR Add-on

Pre-requisites:

  • Hold at least a FAA private airplane certificate with instrument rating

  • Hold a Rotorcraft Helicopter rating

  • Hold at least a class 3 FAA medical

Training:

  • Ground school: 20 hrs

  • Dual: 12 hrs of instrument training

  • Sim: 5 hrs

Course length:

  • 1.5 months

There is a significant difference in completing the required training under FAR part 61 or the FAR part 141 program. Follow this link to better understand.

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