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The instrument rating teaches you how to fly in fog, clouds, and limited visibility. You will develop the judgment to evaluate adverse weather conditions and the ability to maneuver the helicopter by reference to instruments. In addition to increasing your capabilities as a helicopter pilot, it also enhances your confidence and safety.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Hold at least a private pilot certificate
  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language.

Minimum Flight Requirements:

  • 50 hours of cross-country flight time as pilot in command, of which at least 10 hours must be in helicopters
  • 35 hours of actual or simulated instrument time
  • 30 Hours of ground training

Cost Estimate:

The following cost estimate is based on the minimum required hours by the FAA.

Instrument  Costs  Amount    Total 
Flight Instruction 58 $495.00 $28,710.00
Ground School 54 $65.00 $3,510.00
Pre & Post Flight Briefing 17.6 $65.00 $1,144.00
Book Kit (includes Apple iPad) 1 $630.00 $630.00
FAA Examiner Fee 1 $800.00 $800.00
Aircraft Rental for Check Ride 1.5 $495.00 $742.50
FAA Medical Exam 1 $90.00 $90.00
Written Exam Test 1 $150.00 $150.00
Ground Software 1 $39.99 $39.99
TOTAL $35,816.49 

NOTE: All number and prices are subject to change and all hours are based on FAA minimums.

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