Instrument Pilot- Helicopter

The Helicopter Instrument Rating is intended for those who intend to go on to advanced helicopter ratings or who plan to become professional helicopter pilots. Many professional helicopter jobs now REQUIRE a helicopter instrument rating.


To be eligible for Helicopter Instrument Ratings, a person must:

  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language, or have such operating limitations placed on his/her pilot certificate as are necessary for safety
  • Hold a Private Pilot Certificate or be concurrently applying for a private pilot certificate
  • Ground School ( Approx. 20 hours)
  • Have at least 50 hours of cross-country flight time as PIC, of which 10 hours must have been in a helicopter
    • Each cross-country flight must have a landing point more than 50 nautical miles from the original departure point
  • Have 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)
  • Pay FAA Examiner fee
  • Pass  FAA written, oral, and flight examination

Average course completion time: 4 to 6 weeks