The instrument rating
teaches you how to fly in fog, clouds, and limited visibility. You will
develop the judgment to evaluate adverse weather conditions and the ability
to maneuver the helicopter by reference to instruments. In addition to
increasing your capabilities as a helicopter pilot, it also enhances your
confidence and safety.
To be eligible for an instrument rating, you must:
- Hold at least a current private pilot certificate with an aircraft category
and class rating that applies to the instrument rating sought.
- Be able to read, speak, write and understand the English language.
- Have received and logged ground training on the aeronautical knowledge
areas of this section that apply to the instrument rating sought.
- Have logged at least 50 hours of cross-country flight time as pilot
in command, of which at least 10 hours must be in helicopters for
an instrument-helicopter rating.
- Have a total of 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time
on the areas of operation of this section including at least 15 hours
of instrument flight training from an authorized instructor in the
aircraft category for which the instrument rating is sought, and
instrument training on cross-country flight procedures specific to
airplanes, or helicopters or a powered-lift.
- Pass the knowledge test.
- Pass the practical test.