Instrument Rating Course

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 10 hours toward your instrument rating may be flown in our FAA approved flight simulator. See alternate pricing.

Hours are based on Part 141 FAA minimums, not average completion times. Prices for books & supplies, the knowledge test, the FAA’s practical test and your medical certificate may vary.   

For pilots with previous helicopter experience, Part 61 is a option with a tailored curriculum based on your needs. Please call for additional details and pricing.

R-44 students must be under 300 lbs flight weight.

Instrument Rating (R-44 Helicopter)

Dual Flight Instruction 39 $575 $22,425
Pre/Post Briefing 20 $50 $1,000
Ground Instruction 35 $50 $1,750
Instrument Rating Course Total $25,175

Instrument Rating (Option using simulator & R-44 Helicopter)

Dual Flight Instruction 34 $575 $19,550
Pre/Post Briefing 20 $50 $1,000
Ground Instruction 35 $50 $1,750
Simulator Dual Instruction 10 $165 $1,650
Instrument Rating Course Total $23,950