An Instrument Rating is required for flight operations in adverse weather, known as Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC). Without this license a pilot is restricted to flight in good weather (known as Visual Flight Rules or ‘VFR’) conditions

Operations such as offshore flying or Emergency Medical Services may require a pilot to hold an Instrument rating.

Nowadays most insurance will require an instrument rating when seeking a position as a commercial pilot.

An Instrument rating will train you to fly the aircraft by reference to the flight instruments alone, when there are limited visual cues outside the aircraft. You will also learn to fly in controlled airspace, dealing closely with air traffic control and making precise approaches in the busy Southern California skies.


To begin flight training, the student will have to meet the following FAA requirements:

  • Hold at least a Private Pilot certificate, with a Rotorcraft Category and Helicopter Class rating.
  • The student needs to be able to read, speak, write and understand the English language.


The following tests and examinations are required for the Instrument Rating:

  • Instrument Knowledge Test (Written Test)
  • Instrument Practical Test (Oral and Flight Test, undertaken by an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner)


Los Angeles Helicopters Instrument Rating training course comprises of classroom-based ground school and flight training.

All of Los Angeles Helicopter’s ground school training is provided on a one-on-one basis (no large groups of students). Our experienced Certified Flight Instructors (CFIIs) provide the highest level of training, using fully equipped classrooms with projected Powerpoint presentations and video training.

As an Instrument Rating student you will be cover key subjects, such as the airspace system, navigation systems, flight procedures and aviation regulations. Regular stage checks will ensure you are able to pass your FAA written exam with ease.

The flight training will be conducted in the two seat Robinson R22 (or the larger R44 aircraft on request). Training will follow our FAA Part 141 syllabus and will take place at Long Beach airport, local airports and in the Los Angeles vicinity.


Assuming a full time schedule (6 Days per Week, 4-6 hours training per day) a student can expect to complete the Instrument Rating course in 6 Р8 weeks.

Part 141: Minimum Time Average Completion Time
Dual Training Time – R22 IFR 40 hours 50 hours
Ground Training Time 30 hours 30 hours