Helicopter Instrument Rating

Educational Objective:

This program is designed for the student seeking a career as a helicopter pilot. While not universally required, an instrument rating will be advantageous for safety and employment purposes. It facilitates the students’ ability to fly referring only to the instrument panel. Students will learn to fly via instruments in an R-44 designed with an instrument panel.

Admission Requirements:

A student must have a FAA Private Pilot Helicopter Certificate and hold at least a valid third-class medical certificate from a Federal Aviation Administration approved physician.

Length of Program:

This program runs approximately three months for full time students. Lengths of programs are based on a four day a week schedule.

Program Content:

  • 35 hours of Dual Flight Instruction (R-44)
  • 30 hours of Ground Instruction

Stage I: In the first stage, you will gain a working knowledge of the function and use of the flight instrument components and systems. You will become familiar with various other types of instrument navigation and all documentation dealing with IFR flight including IFR and VFR charts. Emphasis will be placed on the student’s ability to control the aircraft in a smooth and precise manner while doing instrument maneuvers.

Stage II: Approach charts will be introduced as well as the skills needed to utilize alternative methods for approach maneuvers. Once you are comfortable with these maneuvers, you will be instructed on instrument emergency procedures. When the instructor is comfortable with your level of competency in these areas, you will complete the stage two check.

Stage III: Heavy emphasis will be placed on weather factors and hazards in relation to instrument flying. You will be shown how to utilize and comprehend various weather publications and review previous maneuvers. You will learn to recognize the factors related to effective decision making to plan a successful IFR flight. You will then plan and then conduct a cross country IFR flight. After which you will take the stage three check and practical exam to receive you Instrument Rating.

Program Cost* FAA Minimum Average
Dual Instruction 35h $ 19,075.00 40h $ 21,800.00
Ground Instruction 30h $ 1,500.00 80h $ 4,000.00
FAA Written Exam 1 $ 150.00 1 $ 150.00
Flight Test 1 $ 600.00 1 $ 600.00
Books & Supplies   $ 165.00   $ 150.00
PROGRAM TOTAL   $ 21,490.00   $ 26,700.00

*Please see Rates and Financing for our hourly price breakdown.

All pilot in command (PIC) hours during the instrument course will apply towards the 100 hours PIC and 115 total hours required for Commercial Certificate

Additional Notes:

  • Program cost estimated, based on a minimum amount of hours required for this rating by the FAA. 
  • The $600.00 flight test fee is not paid from funds on account with Alyeska Helicopters.