Instrument Rating

Instrument flight training teaches you the skills necessary to fly a helicopter under reduced visibility, solely by reference to the flight instruments.


How to get an instrument rating

  • Hold at least a private pilot certificate
  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand English
  • Obtain a FAA medical certificate 
  • Pass an FAA written instrument knowledge test
  • Pass an FAA instrument oral and practical flight test (check ride)
  • Reference: FAR §61.65

Required aeronautical experience for instrument helicopter rating

  • 50 hours of cross-country
  • 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time 
  • Complete one 100-nautical-mile instrument cross-country flight which includes at least 3 different instrument approaches
  • Reference: FAR §61.65
  • Instrument Rating - minimum FAA requirements §61.65
  • $30,950

    pay as you go - no prior payment
  • 50 hours dual - $600 per hour - $30,000
  • FAA Written Exam - $150
  • Practical test - $800

Pay as you go

Some flight schools make you deposit money prior to flying, but Blue Hill Helicopters lets you start training right away and pay for lessons as you go.
You will pay the balance when you complete each flight lesson. 
The cost of flight training is challenging to estimate because it is very dependent on the student. Frequent flying improves learning ability. Some people can understand and retain information faster than others. These factors all affect the total cost of flight training.

Do I need a college degree to learn to fly helicopters?

No, anyone with a basic understanding of math and willingness to learn can become a helicopter pilot. 

Do I need prior military experience?

No prior military experience is required. 

Do I need perfect vision to fly?

No. As long as your vision can be corrected to a 20/20 vision you are eligible for a medical certificate. 

Can I fly for fun if I don't necessarily want to do it as a career?

Absolutely. We can meet your needs for flight training. A private pilot certificate will allow you to fly with passengers for fun. In order to get paid, you will need a commercial pilot certificate. 

What are the weight restrictions?

The seat limit on the Robinson R44 is 300 lb.