Instrument Rating Course — Additional Rating

25 clock hours (15 flight, 10 ground)
Completion Time: 2.5 weeks

Course Objectives

This course is designed for a student who possesses an Instrument rating in airplanes or powered lift aircraft but is not Instrument-rated in helicopters. During the course, he or she will learn how to navigate and operate the helicopter competently in less than Visual Flight Rules (VFR) weather conditions and in accordance with Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) procedures. He or she will acquire the skills and knowledge required to successfully complete the Instrument rating helicopter practical test administered by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

An Instrument rating in helicopters is a prerequisite for enrollment in the Instrument Instructor Rating Course.

Course Description

During the flight component of the course, the student will learn how to operate the helicopter safely in conditions of restricted visibility. He or she will learn how to perform various instrument approaches in the helicopter to a high level of skill, and otherwise operate within the IFR environment.

During the ground component of the course, the student will review aircraft flight instruments and navigation equipment, IFR flight planning, IFR regulations, and other topics pertinent to the safe conduct of IFR flight.

This course includes three stages as outlined in Quantum Helicopters Instrument Additional Rating Syllabus. Each stage must be completed successfully before the student may proceed to the next stage. Successful completion is determined by oral evaluation, written testing and a flight skills evaluation, administered by the Chief Flight Instructor, Assistant Chief Flight Instructor or a check pilot. Upon successful completion of the final stage, the student will be considered eligible for the Instrument rating helicopter FAA practical test.

Course Outline and Hours

  • Dual IFR Flight Training 15
  • Ground Training 10


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