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Helicopter Instrument Rating 


The privileges of an Instrument Rating will allow the holder to fly as pilot-in-command of a helicopter under Instrument Flight Rules.  An Instrument Rating is required to fly passengers at night when flying commercially. To fly a helicopter as pilot-in-command of an aircraft requiring two pilots, you must also hold an Airline Transport Pilot License.   

Commercial pilot candidates who are seeking employment as a copilot in an IFR operation in helicopters requiring two pilots must also write the Transport Canada Type Rating exam (HATRA) or the two ATPL-H exams (HAMRA and HARON) in order to obtain a helicopter type rating on the aircraft they will be employed to fly. 

To fly an aircraft under Instrument Flight Rules the aircraft must be certified to fly under Instrument Flight Rules.

To reduce training costs for the helicopter Instrument Rating we recommend that the candidate blend helicopter training with fixed-wing training as both aircraft types may used for instrument training.  



To qualify for the Instrument Rating the candidates must: 

  • hold a Private or Commercial Helicopter Pilot Licence
  • have 50 hours cross country pilot in command time in helicopters or aeroplanes (min. 10 hours in helicopters)
  • attend 30 hours of Instrument Rating ground school
  • obtain a minimum of 70% on the written Instrument Rating examination (INRAT)
  • complete 40 hours of instrument flight training of which 20 hours may be completed in an approved ground trainer and a minimum of 5 hours in helicopters
  • successfully pass a flight test in accordance with the Flight Test Standards - Instrument Rating

These flight times are Transport Canada minimum requirements. Some candidates may require more flight training to meet the Transport Canada flight test standards. 

The “Enrolment“ page will guide you in starting your training program and provide you with a list of ground school supplies required for the course.


Training Costs Using the Client's Helicopter

  •  Helicopter Flight Training (10 hrs): $3,500

Other costs

  • Fixed-wing Flight Training (10 hrs): $2,800
  • Flight Training Device (20 hrs): $3,000
  • Ground School (30 hrs): $1,800
  • Books and Materials: $275
  • Exams and licensing Fees: $65
  • Flight Test Fee: $800
  • Total Cost: $12,240 + tax


If training is conducted away from our base, the client will be responsible for cost of the instructors travel, accommodation, and meals.