Most helicopter pilots will never fly in actual instrument conditions, however it can mean life or death if a helicopter pilot does not possess the skills necessary to handle Inadvertent Instrument Meteorological (IMC) conditions.
” I was annoyed from the start by the attitude of doubt by the spectators that I would never really make the flight. This attitude made me more determined than ever to succeed.”
First woman to obtain a pilot’s license in the U.S.
What You'll Learn
You will learn how to operate a helicopter by sole reference to instruments, recognize and recover from unusual flight attitudes and develop other skills necessary to make you a safer, more well rounded pilot.
A person who applies for a instrument rating must:
-Hold at least a private pilot certificate or be concurrently applying for a private pilot certificate with a helicopter rating.
-Be able to read, speak, write and understand the English language.
-Pass the required knowledge test.
-Have 50 hours of cross country flight time at PIC of which 10 hours must have been in a helicopter. (This is not required for Part 141)
-Have 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time in the areas of operation listed under 61.65 (c), of which 15 hours must have been with an authorized instructor who holds an instrument-helicopter rating and the instrument time includes:
- Three hours of instrument flight training from an authorized instructor in a helicopter that is appropriate to the instrument helicopter rating within 2 calendar months before the date of the practical test; and
- Instrument training on cross country flight procedures, including one cross country flight in a helicopter with an authorized instructor that is performed under instrument flight rules and a flight plan has been filed with an air traffic control facility, and involves:
- A flight of 100 NM along airways or by directed routing from an air traffic control facility;
- An instrument approach at each airport
- Three different kinds of approaches with the use of navigation systems.
Rates for R22 Instrument Instruction is $390/hr which includes fuel and instructor.
Ground Instruction is $50/hr
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