Helicopter Flight Training – Instrument Rating (IFR)

Helicopter Instrument Rating (IFR)

A helicopter instrument rating is beneficial for any commercial pilot. The instrument rating allows pilots to operate IFR equipment helicopters in adverse weather conditions. The IFR training is often included during a portion of the commercial helicopter training. Although you can obtain a commercial helicopter license without an IFR rating, most employers prefer to hire an IFR qualified pilot.

The estimate of the costs to complete the Helicopter Instrument Rating Course with Apollo Helicopters is below.

Total Cost*$16,020.00
FAA Medical$110.00
Books and Training Material$280.00
40 Hours of Dual Flight Instruction*$13,400.00
20 Hours of Ground Instruction**$1,100.00
FAA Written Exam$150.00
FAA Check Flight$700.00
Helicopter Rental for Check Flight @ $280 / hour$280.00

* Times published reflect minimum Federal Aviation Administration requirements, total cost may be higher
** Apollo Helicopters estimate. FAA CFR Part 61.125 does not reflect minimum time for ground instruction.

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For those pilots that are interested in flying helicopters for a career, please review our Professional Helicopter Pilot Program.