A Helicopter Instrument Rating course teaches pilots to fly in all weather conditions, using only instruments. The course includes flight training, ground school, and passing a practical flight test.
FAR 61.109 (e)
To qualify for an instrument rating you must possess at least a Private Pilot Rating and Must have Logged at Least 50 hours of Cross-Country Pilot-in-Command (PIC) Flight Time Which 10 Hours Must Be in A Helicopter.
40 Hours of Simulated Instrument Flight Time Must Include:
- At least 15 hours with a CFII
- 3 hours of instrument flight training within 2 months of the practical exam
- One cross-country flight with a CFII under Instrument Flight Rules that involves
- A flight of 100 nautical miles 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
- Pass an FAA Written “Knowledge Test” (Prior to Taking FAA Practical Flight Test)
- Pass an FAA Oral and Practical Flight Test