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Our Enstrom helicopter is equipped for instrument training. While most piston helicopters are not certified to fly in true instrument meteorological conditions (IMC), the skills you learn during your instrument training can be used in your every day flying and help prepare you for the helicopters you’ll be flying later in your career. Many helicopter operators require their helicopter pilots to have an instrument rating, in case of inadvertent encounters with bad weather.

Learning to fly by instruments will enhance your skills, making you a better, more competent and efficient pilot during all flight conditions. Instrument training will give pilots a better understanding of our airspace system, what services are available to pilots, and a deeper understanding of the gauges and the overall story they are telling. It will give you the knowledge necessary to safely navigate a helicopter with reference solely to the flight instruments.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language
  • Hold at least a private pilot certificate
  • Pass an FAA written (knowledge) test
  • Fulfill at least the minimum flight and ground training requirements in preparation for the checkride
  • Pass an oral and flight (practical) test (also known as the checkride), by the FAA or an approved Designated Pilot Examiner

Minimum requirements for an Instrument Rating

A person who applies for a helicopter instrument rating must log at least 50 hours of total cross country time, which includes, at least:

  • 50 hours in cross country “pilot-in-command” time, of which at least 35 hours must be in helicopters
  • 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time, of which 15 hours must be with an authorized instructor with an instrument-helicopter rating, and this time includes:
    • 3 hours of instrument training in a helicopter from an authorized instructor within 2 months of the practical test
    • 1 cross country flight in a helicopter under instrument flight rules with a filed flight plan, which includes:
      • 100 nm flight along airways or by direct routing by an air traffic control facility
      • Instrument approach at each airport
      • 3 different kinds of approaches with the use of navigation systems

The specific areas you must be proficient at are outlined in the Instrument Rating Practical Test Standards for Helicopter.

Financing for flight training is available through Pilot Finance, Inc.

Estimated Course Costs – Initial Rating

The estimated course costs for the initial instrument rating are for those applicants who do not already hold an airplane instrument rating.

 

Hours

Rate

Total

Enstrom 280C Dual Training

40

395**

$15,800

Ground Instruction

30

40

$1,200

FAA Written Test

   

$100

Books and Training Aids

   

$300

FAA Examiner Fee

   

$400

ESTIMATED TOTAL COST

 

 

$17,800

Estimated Course Costs – Add-On Rating

The estimated course costs for the add-on instrument rating are for those applicants who do already hold an airplane instrument rating.

 

Hours

Rate

Total

Enstrom 280C Dual Training

15

395**

$5,925

Ground Instruction

10

40

$400

FAA Examiner Fee

   

$400

ESTIMATED TOTAL COST

 

 

$6,725

NOTE

Our prices are subject to change without prior notice. Hours are based on the FAA minimum requirements. It is not guaranteed that you will complete the training in the minimum number of hours.

** Fuel surcharge may apply.

Federal Regulations regarding the instrument rating requirements can be found in FAR 61.65