An Instrument rating allows a pilot to fly helicopters “solely by reference to instruments”… in other words, without the need to look outside. Many helicopter operations depend upon the pilot’s ability to fly through clouds and in weather where visibility is restricted.
In fact, more and more employers are requiring an instrument rating as a prerequisite to helicopter pilot employment. At RAVCO, we have developed a FAA approved FAR Part 141 and Part 61 training program to meet the demanding needs in today‘s marketplace.
All flight and ground training is done one-on-one with your instructor, an essential way to make certain that you get undivided attention as you develop this important new skill of flying by instrument reference only.
We utilize our IFR training ships, which includes the Schweizer 300CBI or Bell 206BIII.
The instrument courses consist of three stages of instruction in instrument flight and instrument flight rules. To be eligible for the instrument rating, the student must hold a Private Pilots certificate and a medical certificate. Flight instruction and ground training are integrated into our FAA approved flight training syllabus and are taught concurrently.
Our Military Instrument program consists of 20 Hours of Simulator Training and 20 Hours of Flight Training and mirrors the Ft. Rucker Program of Instruction (POI).
Recently, we have added WAAS (“Wide Area Augmentation System”) to our GPS systems.