An Instrument rating allows a pilot to fly helicopters “solely by reference to instruments” in other words, without the need to look outside. Many helicopter operations depend upon the pilot's ability to fly through clouds and in weather where visibility is restricted.
In fact, more and more employers are requiring an instrument rating as a prerequisite to helicopter pilot employment. At Northeast Helicopters, we have developed a FAA approved FAR Part 141 and Part 61 training program to meet the demanding needs in today‘s marketplace.
All flight and ground training is done one-on-one with your instructor, an essential way to make certain that you get undivided attention as you develop this important new skill of flying by instrument reference only. These skills will pay big dividends when you are seeking employment in the future.
We utilize our IFR training ships, which include a Robinson R22, Schweizer 300CBI, and soon the R44 will be outfitted with a glass cockpit system.
The instrument courses at Northeast Helicopters consist of three stages of instruction in instrument flight and instrument flight rules. To be eligible for the instrument rating, the student must hold a Private Pilots certificate and a medical certificate. Flight instruction and ground training are integrated into our FAA approved flight training syllabus and are taught concurrently.
Recently, we have added WAAS (“Wide Area Augmentation System”) to our GPS systems.
All NEH flight instructors are Instrument rated, and have their CFII (Certified Flight Instructor Instruments). It is mandatory at Northeast Helicopters that all instructors have their instrument rating along with their CFII.
SIMULATOR HOURS VERSUS 200 HOURS
A quick word about simulator training
Although simulator training can be fun, it's not the same as a real helicopter, and isn't that why you wanted to be a pilot, to fly real helicopters?
At Northeast Helicopters we utilize a computer based simulator so that our students can become familiar with the use of instrumentation utilized during IFR flight.
This allows the student to become proficient at a fraction of the cost of both a full simulator or an actual helicopter.
In addition, to instruct in a Robinson R22 and to comply with SFAR 73 you will still need 200 hours of flight time. The simulator time cannot be counted towards the 200 hour requirement