Learn to fly a helicopter under conditions of restricted visibility, using only instrumentation and communication with air traffic control for navigation with your instrument rating.
Though an instrument rating isn’t required by the FAA for helicopter pilots, we strongly recommend obtaining your instrument rating, whether you fly for fun or you plan to make a career as a helicopter pilot. You can complete up to half of your required instrument flight hours in our FRASCA TruFlite H Simulator at a fraction of the cost of flying the real helicopter. If you plan to complete your CFII or ATP rating, you’ll need to hold an instrument rating first. Check out our Simulator page for more details!