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Instrument Rating

The Instrument Rating is becoming more prevalent in the helicopter industry as new aircraft applications are realized. Regardless of whether you fly in actual instrument conditions or not, the Instrument Rating will give you the tools and knowledge you need for a safe career as a professional pilot.

At Heli Aviation, we utilize Robinson R22 and Bell 206L instrument-equipped aircraft to develop the skills that you will need for instrument proficiency. The weather in Florida provides year-round great opportunities for pilots to recognize the conditions that necessitate the helicopter Instrument Rating. We break the instrument training into two stages. In stage one, you will learn how to maintain a given altitude, airspeed and direction using only information from the instruments inside the cockpit. Practicing emergency procedures in simulated instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) and learning what to do if one of the instruments you are relying on fails is key during this course. In stage two, you practice taking off in simulated IMC while only referencing your instruments. During this part of the training, you go to a variety of airports to practice different types of approaches. We have many local airports that offer a myriad of instrument approaches giving you a large amount of experience without having to travel far.

Once you and your instructor feel that you have the required skills for the instrument course, you will take your checkride.

Still Undecided?
Book an introductory flying lesson and take the controls with an experienced instructor by your side! The ultimate thrill and adrenaline rush that’s sure to bring a smile to your face! Starting at just $159. Call our office at (941) 355-1525.


Hold at least a Private or Commercial Pilot Certificate with Rotorcraft category/class rating.
Read, speak & understand the English language.
Hold at least a 3rd Class Medical.

Weight does not exceed 230 lbs.


40 hrs Dual Training in a Robinson R22 (IFR)
20 hrs Ground Instruction
(additional fees apply for Bell training, if desired)


Pass an FAA Written Knowledge Test
Pass an Oral and Practical Flight Test


Start your training at any time.
Estimated Duration: 4 to 6 Weeks


$14,450 USD $13,990 pre-paid
Pay as you go, NO upfront payments. Call about Financing. Books & Training Material not included.