Instrument Rating - Colorado Heliops
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Instrument Rating


Colorado Heli-Ops offers the Helicopter Instrument Rating Course for helicopter pilots of all levels. This rating provides the knowledge and skills to operate in the structured and ATC controlled National Airspace system under Instrument Flight Rules without outside visual references.


This rating has become an industry requirement for career pilots and usually is approached after the Private Pilot Certificate during the Career Pilot training program for cost reduction.


Even if you are never going to fly through a cloud, this rating will greatly increase your skill level and make you a more competent and well rounded pilot. This course is available to holders of Private, and Commercial Pilot Certificates, and is taught by our most experienced Flight Instructors.

  • Course Cost Estimate

  • $27050.00

    Pay as you go, NO upfront payments at Heli-ops !

Above course cost includes:

  • 40 hours training in a Robinson R44
  • 40 hours of Flight Instruction
  • 30 hours Ground Instruction
  • 20 hours Flight Simulator time
  • FAA Written test
  • Books & Supplies*
  • FAA Examiner Fee


  1. Hold at least a current Private Pilot or Commercial Pilot Certificate with an aircraft category and class rating that applies to the instrument rating sought (Helicopter Private/Commercial Pilot Certificate).
  2. Be able to read, speak write and understand the English language
  3. Pass a written knowledge test to FAA standards (we will help you with the training and knowledge for this).
  4. Fulfill the minimum requirements of flight time and ground training specified by the FAA (see below).
  5. Pass an oral, and flight test (Practical test) given by the FAA or an approved Designated Pilot Examiner.

Course prices are good faith estimates based on minimum flight times. Every student has different abilities and not everyone will complete the training to standard within the hours given above. Prices are subject to change without notice, for our most current rates please call or email.

Items annotated with * are estimates based on current stock call for current stock and prices.

**Aviation Medical examination charges do vary from Medical Examiner to Examiner, search for your closest Aviation Medical Examiner here, call your chosen Doctor to confirm the current price. If you need help choosing a Doctor in the Denver area call and ask for our recommendations.


A person who applies for an instrument rating must have logged the following:

  • At least 50 hours of cross-country flight time as pilot in command
  • A total of 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time that include–
    • At least 15 hours of instrument flight training from an authorized instructor in the aircraft category (Helicopter) for which the instrument rating is sought;
    • At least 3 hours of instrument training that is appropriate to the instrument rating sought from an authorized instructor in preparation for the practical test within the 60 days preceding the date of the test;
    • For an instrument — helicopter rating, instrument training specific to helicopters on cross-country flight procedures that includes at least one cross-country flight in a helicopter that is performed under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR), and consists of–
      • A distance of at least 100 nautical miles along airways or ATC directed routing;
      • An instrument approach at each airport; and
      • Three different kinds of approaches with the use of navigation systems