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Helicopter Instrument Pilot Online Course

Helicopter Instrument Pilot Online Course

      In this video, I want to talk about why the instrument rating is important, and give you a few tips along the way. There are numerous reasons why the instrument rating is very important, okay? It makes you a better pilot. It helps keep you current.

     Obtain your Instrument Rating after your private, if you're going to continue onto commercial. Many time people will say, "Well, hey Kenny should I go ahead and get my CFI, so I can get out working and do my instrument later?" I did that. I did my instrument rating two or three years after I was a CFI, once I got the hours and it was getting close to time to get that first job that required an instrument rating. Then I had to go out and find the money and struggle as an instructor to pay for that.

      If you are planning on the professional pilot route, you're already here inside the instrument course, if you're dabbling with it, go for it. If you're in between private, go ahead and stick with this rating and do it. Do the studying, get through it because, to go from private to commercial, you have to have PIC time in there. So, why fly around for a hundred hours just goofing off, when you could be doing dual with an instructor, getting PIC time, and building that time toward your commercial. It's a very, very important reason to do it in between private and commercials, to help you build that time, make good time of your use and your money. It's a great reason. So if you're on that path, stick with this and do it.

Helicopter Instrument Pilot Online Course

      Pursue your training, even if your private is your only goal. If you've found your way in here, and you're just kind of dabbling and thinking about doing it, you should continue this training for several reasons. One of them being, it helps you make a good "no-go" decision, because you get better in your skills, you'll go through weather again, you'll learn more about pre-flight planning and the "go" or "no-go" decisions. It helps make it easier to make those "go" or "no-go" decisions.

     You keep yourself current by studying and flying the instrument procedures. A tip is, if you're one of those people flying R-22 and R-44, if you can do the instrument training in an R-44, I would highly recommend it. If all you're ever going to fly is an R-22, that's fine, but if you're on the professional pilot route, later on you're probably going to want to fly an R-44 for a tour company. You might want to teach in an R-44, so if you can swing the money during this time, going from private to commercial and you're building your time, if you can swing the money to find a way to do that dual training for your instrument training in the R-44, it's going to help you later in your career. You'll be really, really, really happy you did it ... so another tip that's really important.

       Hopefully that just gives you some ideas on why this training is important. Again, I highly recommend it, if you're here at the private level, not sure if you're going to go to commercial. A lot of people say, "Well, I'm just getting my private and I don't really need the instrument." Well, even if you're staying at the private level, we highly encourage you to continue with this training. Get that instrument rating for the reasons I mentioned; makes you a better pilot, builds your skills, helps you with the "no-go" decision, helps keep you safe. It makes you a better pilot.

Helicopter Instrument Pilot Online Course

      You might change your mind later. Maybe you'll go, "You know what? I think I do what that commercial. I'm going to do some commercial flying." And then again, if you're going to go for the CIF route, you're building your skills all along as you do private, you do commercial, you do CIF. It's going to help you getting ready for that CIF. You're just going to be more knowledgeable. Again, this is me talking after the training, doing my instrument later on.

                Hopefully, there's some good reasons to help you understand why you want to be in this course, and why you would need that instrument rating. Most of your EMS jobs require an instrument rating. If EMS is your final goal, you need that instrument rating. You need to get it. There are other jobs that require that instrument rating, as well. You could put it off, but I highly recommend it. Especially if you're here, you're in the sight, you're already going through the training, you may or may not be in the aircraft yet. I highly recommend go through the videos, study hard, apply yourself, and get out there and get that rating.

Helicopter Instrument Pilot Online Course

UPDATE: Our Instrument Course is now live and FAA approved for Wings phase credit!

Let Helicopter Online Ground School help you with all of your ratings! We have four FAA certified courses, Private PilotCommercial PilotInstrument Pilot, and Certified Flight Instructor. We have a bundle pack called Professional Pilot Lifetime Membership, which includes all this for life.

Any course completion will automatically award WINGS phase credits and you are on your way to satisfying the flight review requirement.

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