instrument rating

Additional Certifications and Helicopter Ratings

Enrollment Prerequisites: A person must hold the following prior to enrolling in the flight portion of the Additional Helicopter Ratings and Certification Courses: An FAA certification in a different category and class, and a current FAA Medical Certificate.

Please note, Robinson R44 students must meet SFAR73 2(a)3(i-iv) Awareness Training requirements prior to manipulating the flight controls.

FAA Part 141 Private Pilot Helicopter Add-on

This certificate is for pilots holding Private certifications in other aircraft categories to add the rotorcraft – helicopter rating to their pilot certificate. Flight training is conducted in the Schweizer 300CBi. Optional training available in Robinson R44.  Course prices based on FAA minimums.

Training costs:

  • 20 Hours flight instruction: $9,400
  • 5 Hours solo/PIC includes required cross country: $1,925
  • 15 Hours ground school: $1,050
  • Total: $12,375

Additional Required Costs:

  • Books and materials: $380
  • FAA oral & flight exam: $750
  • 2 Hour helicopter rental for flight exam: $770
  • Group 3 Rental Deductible Waiver – 1 Year: $700
  • Total Additional Required Costs:  $2,600

FAA Part 61 Helicopter Instrument Rating Add-on

This rating is for pilots holding an instrument rating in other aircraft categories to add instrument rating to their rotorcraft – helicopter pilot certificate. Flight training is conducted in the Robinson R44 Raven II aircraft.

Training Costs:

  • 15 Hours Flight Instruction: $9,375
  • 6 Hours Dual Instruction in FAA Approved IFR Helicopter FTD: $1,140
  • 20 Hours Ground School: $1,400
  • Total: $11,915

Additional Required Costs:

  • Books and Materials: $250
  • FAA Oral & Flight Exam: $700
  • 2 Hour helicopter Rental for Flight Exam: $1,050
  • Total Additional Required Costs:  $2,000

FAA Part 61 Commercial Helicopter Add-on

This certificate is for pilots holding a commercial certificate in other aircraft categories to add the commercial rotorcraft – helicopter certificate to their pilot certificate. Flight training is conducted in the Schweizer 300CBi.   Optional training available in Robinson R44.

Training Costs:

  • 20 Hours dual training to flight proficiency: $9,400
  • 10 Hours Solo night & cross country: $3,850
  • 5 Hours Dual Instruction in FAA Approved IFR Helicopter FTD: $3,125
  • 20 Hours Ground School: $1,400
  • Total: $17,775

Additional Required costs:

  • FAA Oral & Flight Exam: $750
  • 2 Hour Helicopter Rental for Flight Exam: $770
  • Total Additional Required Costs: $1,520

FAA Part 61 Flight Instructor Helicopter Add-on

This rating is for pilots holding a flight instructor rating in other aircraft categories to add the flight instructor rotorcraft – helicopter rating to their pilot certificate. Flight training is conducted in the Schweizer 300CBi.  Optional training available in Robinson R44.

Flight Costs:

  • 15 Hours Dual training to flight proficiency: $7,050
  • 20 Hours Ground School: $1,400
  • Total: $8,450

Additional Required Costs:

  • Books & Materials:
  • FAA Knowledge Test (HFA) Short Test: $155
  • FAA Oral & Flight Exam: $750
  • 2 Hour helicopter Rental for Flight Exam: $770
  • Total Additional Required Costs: $1,675

FAA Part 61 Flight Instructor-Instrument Helicopter Add-on

This rating is for pilots holding a flight instructor-instrument rating in other aircraft categories to add the flight instructor-instrument rating to their rotorcraft-helicopter pilot certificate. Flight training is conducted in the Robinson R44 Raven II.

  • 15 Hours Dual Training required in R44 helicopter for IFR requirements $9,370
  • 15 Hours Ground Instruction: $1,050
  • Total: $10,425

Additional Required Costs:

  • Books and Materials: $100
  • Flight Instructor – Instruments FAA Knowledge Exam: $155
  • FAA Oral & Flight Exam: $750
  • 2 Hour helicopter Rental for Flight Exam: $1,080
  • Total Additional Required Costs: $2,085

Due to the unpredictable cost of aviation fuel, Group 3 Aviation incorporates a variable hourly aircraft fuel surcharge rate. This allows for an adjustment to your course price based on the actual pump price of our fuel purchases. The flight costs estimated do not include fuel surcharges. All rates are based on the block rates. The rates are wet with fuel covered up to $4.00 per gallon and surcharges are applied past this fuel rate.

Robinson R22/R44 students must meet SFAR73 2(a)3(i-iv) Awareness Training requirements prior to manipulating the flight controls.

A Rental Deductible Waiver is required for rental of Group 3 Aviation helicopters when a company flight instructor is not aboard. Waivers can be purchased through Group 3 Aviation. The cost is $700 for a 1 year waiver and hourly rate waivers are also available. This includes rental of aircraft for solo flights during flight training and practical exams. The waiver covers the 10% aircraft hull insurance deductible in the event of an accident and does not protect you from liability.

Rental of aircraft for the practical flight exam or “check ride” can be up to 2.0 hours of flight time during a flight exam.

Designated Pilot Examiner (commonly referred to as a DPE) is a senior pilot designated by the FAA to conduct oral examinations and inflight or flight simulator check rides (collectively called “practical tests”) with pilot applicants to determine their suitability to be issued a Pilot Certificate or additional rating on their Pilot Certificate. Group 3 has a DPE on staff and can also arrange a check ride with the other DPE’s for CFI and CFII courses or if staff DPE is unavailable.

FTD – Group 3 Aviation’s training equipment includes the FAA Approved Frasca TruFlite-H Flight Training Device for helicopters.