What are the requirements for helicopter instrument rating?
- 50 hours of cross-country flight time as pilot in command, of which 10 hours must have been in an airplane.
- 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time, including 15 hours, must have been received from an authorized instructor who holds an instrument rating;
- Three hours of instrument flight training within two calendar months before the practical test;
- A 100 nautical miles flight including an instrument approach at each airport and three different kinds of methods (for example, VOR, ILS, GPS).
Note that the minimum age to get your private pilot certificate is at least 17 years old, and you must have a valid medical certificate.
Now, if you have what it takes, let’s move forward to the next question what will you learn?
You will learn the following:
- Preflight preparation ( weather information &cross country planning etc.);
- Preflight procedures ( IFR operations & navigation systems & instrument systems …etc
- Air traffic control clearances and procedures ( ATC clearance & outside radar coverage etc
- Flight by reference to instruments (attitude instrument flying & instrument cross-check etc.;
- Navigation systems (ATC routes & course & radial etc
- Instrument approach procedures, including non-precision approaches & missed approaches, etc.;
- Emergency operations such as loss of communication & approaches with inoperative indicators etc.;
- Post-flight practices like learning how to check all instrument and navigation systems are working fine.
Your next step is to become an instructor or to continue your journey to become an airline pilot.