Often considered the most difficult qualification to gain as a helicopter pilot, the Instrument Rating requires both skill and dedication. It allows you to fly helicopters under IFR down to a decision height of 200ft. This means that in low cloud or low visibility conditions, you may be able to continue to operate. The course draws on a different skill set to the one used for the Private Pilot Licence, Commercial Pilot Licence and Flight Instructor rating.
For the aspiring professional pilot, or for the dedicated Private Pilot, the Instrument Rating takes you into the world of advanced flight, giving you the capability of flying, navigating and landing in weather conditions that would keep the birds on the ground.
You will have encountered the basics of instrument flight during your night rating training, and these 10 hours of instrument time are counted towards your Instrument Rating training. From this base, you now learn radio navigation, controlled airspace communication, holding procedures, en-route risk management, approach and go-around procedures, transition to visual and landing in reduced visibility. Abnormalities and emergencies are continuously introduced and appropriate behaviour is emphasised.
Valid Private Pilot Licence or Commercial Pilot Licence
Valid Night Rating
Total of 200 hours of flight time (CPL)
Total of 250 hours of total flight time with 100 hours’ pilot in command (PPL)
Class 1 Medical Certificate
Course Comprises of
20 hours instrument flying in an aircraft
20 hours instrument flying in a simulator
1 SACAA examination
Pass a practical skills flight test with a Designated Flight Examiner.