HELICOPTER EXPERTS, INC.

Helicopter maintenance station in San Antonio, TX.

(210) 598-7999

Office Hours
Monday - Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
After Hours and Sundays by Appointment

HELICOPTER EXPERTS, INC.

(210) 598-7999

Office Hours
Monday - Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
After Hours and Sundays by Appointment

Instrument Rating Courses


Instrument Rating Helicopter Courses

Read below for information about our instrument rating helicopter course and additional instrument rating helicopter course:


Instrument Rating Helicopter Background

This course is designed to train a pilot to control the helicopter by reference to the instruments in Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC), i.e., weather conditions less than Visual Flight Rules (VFR) conditions. The pilot will learn to control and navigate the aircraft by reference to the instruments, rules and regulations, flight planning, systems, human factors, and how the air traffic control system applies to Instrument Flight Rules (IFR).

The course will consist of ground training with a qualified instructor. An introduction to procedures and techniques will be performed in an FAA-approved simulator, allowing the student to maximize their training by performing more approaches per hour of training than is possible in the aircraft. Actual aircraft training will be done in a helicopter under simulated instrument conditions.

Instrument Rating FAA Requirements

An applicant for the instrument rating rotorcraft helicopter course must:

  • Hold at Least a Private Pilot's License with a Helicopter Class Rating
  • Read, Speak, Write, and Understand the English Language
  • Receive and Log Ground Training from an Authorized Instructor and Receive Log Flight Training from an Authorized Instructor in an Aircraft and/or Simulator Approved by the FAA (That Is Representative of the Aircraft for Which the Rating Is Sought)
  • Obtain 50 Hours of Cross-Country Flight Time as a Pilot in Command
  • Obtain a Total of 40 Hours of Actual or Simulated Instrument Time, including at Least 15 Hours of Flight Training from an Authorized Instructor in a Helicopter
  • Fly Cross-Country under an IFR Flight of at Least 100 Nautical Miles with Three Different Approaches at Three Different Airports
  • Obtain Three Hours of Flight Training in Preparation for the Practical Exam
  • Pass an FAA Knowledge and Practical Exam

Instrument Rating Rotorcraft Helicopter

Enrollment Fee 14 Hours of Simulator Time 21 Hours of Flight Instruction Helicopter Time 35 Hours of Ground Instruction and Pre/Post Briefing Books and Materials Total Cost Excluding Knowledge and Flight Test Fees
Robinson R-44 $100.00 $2,450.00 $13,650.00
$2,100.00 $638.25 $18,163.25
Bell 47 G4A N/A
N/A N/A
N/A
N/A $0.00
Robinson R-22 N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A $0.00

Please Note

Flight and ground hours are based on the minimum requirements of the FAA. The actual cost of training will depend on the frequency of flight training, the student's aptitude and diligence, and the successful completion of the required tests. The hours specified fulfill the minimum FAA requirements. However, it should be noted that few people are able to learn to fly the helicopter well enough to meet FAA standards in the minimum times listed and it should not be considered unusual if they are exceeded. Good study habits, personal discipline, and aptitude are all necessary ingredients for successful completion of this course in the minimum time.

Required Books and Training Materials (Available at Helicopter Experts, Inc.):

Book / Training Material Price
Federal Aviation Regulation & Airman's Information Manual $21.95
Helicopter Experts, Inc. Flight Training Syllabus $80.00
Practical Test Standards $11.50
Aviation Weather Combo Set $35.95
Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge $30.95
School Flight Record $5.50
Practical Test Standards $40.95
Instrument Flying Handbook $24.95
Instrument Oral Exam Guide $12.95
Instrument Rating Test Guide $19.95
Low Altitude in Route Charts (as Needed) $284.65
CFI Knowledge Test Guide $28.95
Instrument Approach Procedure Charts $40.00

Additional Instrument Rating Helicopter Background

This course is designated for the pilot who already holds an instrument rating in another category of aircraft and is working to add an instrument rating to their helicopter certificate.

Additional Instrument Rating FAA Requirements

An applicant for an instrument rating add-on for a helicopter must:

  • Hold at Least a Private Helicopter License with an Instrument Rating in Either an Airplane or a Powered Lift
  • Hold a Medical Certificate
  • Read, Speak, Write, and Understand the English Language
  • Receive and Log Ground Training and 15 Hours of Instrument Flight Training from an Authorized Instructor in a Helicopter, including Training Specific to Helicopters on Cross-Country Flight Procedures
  • Fly Cross-Country under an IFR Flight of at Least 100 Nautical Miles along Airways or ATC Routed with Three Different Approaches at Three Different Airports

Additional Instrument Rating Rotorcraft Helicopter

Enrollment Fee 7.5 Hours of Simulator Time 15 Hours of Flight Instruction Helicopter Time 20 Hours of Ground Instruction and Pre/Post Briefing Books and Materials Total Cost Excluding Knowledge and Flight Test Fees
Robinson R-44 $100.00 $1,312.00 $9,750.00
$1,200.00 $638.25 $13,000.75
Bell 47 G4A N/A
N/A N/A
N/A
N/A $0.00
Robinson R-22 N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A $0.00

Please Note

Flight and ground hours are based on the minimum requirements of the FAA. The actual cost of training will depend on the frequency of flight training, the student's aptitude and diligence, and the successful completion of the required tests. The hours specified fulfill the minimum FAA requirements. However, it should be noted that few people are able to learn to fly the helicopter well enough to meet FAA standards in the minimum times listed and it should not be considered unusual if they are exceeded. Good study habits, personal discipline, and aptitude are all necessary ingredients for successful completion of this course in the minimum time.

Required Books and Training Materials (Available at Helicopter Experts, Inc.):

Book / Training Material Price
Federal Aviation Regulation & Airman's Information Manual $21.95
Helicopter Experts, Inc. Flight Training Syllabus $80.00
Practical Test Standards $11.50
Aviation Weather Combo Set $35.95
Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge $30.95
School Flight Record $5.50
Practical Test Standards $40.95
Instrument Flying Handbook $24.95
Instrument Oral Exam Guide $12.95
Instrument Rating Test Guide $19.95
Low Altitude in Route Charts (as Needed) $284.65
CFI Knowledge Test Guide $28.95