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An instrument rating is added to your existing pilot’s license to permit you to fly under instrument flight rules (IFR). In the most basic definition, IFR means without reference to the ground and is generally used for high altitude and poor weather flying. If considering the professional pilot program, having an instrument rating is strongly recommended.


The Instrument Rating Course will teach the student how to fly a helicopter with reference to instruments. At the end of the Instrument Rating Course, you will have acquired the aeronautical knowledge and flight proficiency necessary to pass the required tests to add an instrument rating to your pilot’s license.

Enrollment Prerequisites

  Must have an FAA Private or Commercial Helicopter Pilot certificate

Eligibility Requirements

  •   Read, speak, write and understand English

Note: Up to 20 hours toward your instrument rating may be flown in our FAA approved flight simulator. See price breakdown below.

Instrument Course
Block Rate
Dual Instrument Instruction (R44 Helicopter)
Ground Instruction
Books and Supplies
FAA Knowledge Test
FAA Practical Test
Instrument Course Total Without Simulator (Estimate)
Instrument Course Total With Simulator (Estimate)

* Hours are based on Part 61 FAA minimums, not average completion times. Prices for books & supplies, the knowledge test and the FAA’s practical test may vary slightly.