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45 North Aviation

Instrument Helicopter Pilot Training

An Instrument Rating is an invaluable addition to your Private Pilot Certificate whether you intend to become a Professional Pilot or remain a Recreational Pilot. The Instrument Rating dramatically improves your flying ability and aeronautical judgement. You will be taught how to fly in fog, clouds and limited visibility. You will also develop the knowledge, skills and judgement required to safely and confidently evaluate adverse weather conditions together while learning to maneuver the helicopter by sole reference to its instrumentation.


Instrument Rating Eligibility:

  • Hold at least a current Private Pilot Certificate with a helicopter rating.
  • Receive flight training and logbook endorsements from an authorized Flight Instructor. At least 15 hours of instrument flight training from an authorized Flight Instructor in helicopters.
  • Receive a logbook endorsement from an authorized instructor certifying that a course of training or home study has been completed.
  • Meet the following aeronautical experience requirements: 40 hours actual or simulated instrument time (15 hours of flight instruction must be in helicopters), 50 hours of cross-country flight time as Pilot-In-Command (10 hours must be in helicopters).
  • Pass a written knowledge test (multiple choice questions).
  • Pass a practical flight test and oral exam with a FAA Examiner.
  • Hold at least a Class 3 Medical Certificate.

Hourly Dual Instruction Rates:

*Fuel surcharge - $20/hour*

R44 $750 wet/solo

Instructor $75 Flight or Ground