As you move along in your helicopter pilot training, the INSTRUMENT RATING
is usually the next logical step. Whether you are planning a career as a pilot, or are seeking to improve
your skills, the instrument rating is a good addition to your flight experience.
Phase I (Attitude Instrument Flying)
This part of your training consists of learning to fly the helicopter
without any outside reference. With sole reference to the instruments, you
will learn to ignore your instinctual sense of balance, and rely on what you see in front of you. This is a great learning
experience, and an unbelieveable challenge for most. You will be amazed at how quickly you can pick up the basics and move on to
the more challenging Phase II
Phase II (Navigation)
Once you master the basics, we now combine intense ground school with the understanding of how you will get around without
outside reference. You will learn departure, en route, and initial approach procedures. This will lead up to the most challenging portion of the rating....
Phase III (Approaches)
Quickly following Phase II, you now learn how to transition from the en route and initial approach, onto the final approach and landing sequence. This is usually where a good portion of your training is concentrated. It is fun, and will wrap up your training into a complete understanding of the instrument rating.