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Instrument Rating Program

Program Description

The instrument rating teaches you how to fly in fog, clouds, and limited visibility. You will develop the judgment to evaluate adverse weather conditions and the ability to maneuver the helicopter by reference to instruments. While not a required rating, obtaining your Instrument Rating will undoubtedly make you a safer, more competent pilot. We recommend that all pilots obtain their Instrument Rating upon completion of their Private Pilot License. All instrument flight time can be credited towards your commercial rating. Career oriented pilots will typically achieve their instrument rating in between their Private and Commercial Licenses. Training for the Instrument Rating and the Commercial License can be done concurrently. 


  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language

  • Hold at least a private pilot certificate

  • Hold a current FAA medical certificate


Skybound Helicopters is a Part 61 Program. The minimum flight time required to obtain a Helicopter Instrument Rating under FAA Part 61 is 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument flight time.

To view the medical or certification requirements in greater detail, please refer to the Federal Aviation Administration Regulations at or contact us to learn more.


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