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Instrument Rating


High quality IR training

An Instrument Rating (IR) is a rating that allows the holder of a PPL(H), CPL(H) or ATPL(H) to fly in Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC). In other words, it allows the holder to fly in, or above, clouds en route to their destination airfield.


In the helicopter sector only specialised helicopters are equipped to fly in actual IMC; nevertheless the rating is essential for those who endeavour to fly in the oil and gas industry, or who plan on flying overseas where the rating is highly sought after. Henley Air is uniquely positioned to provide the highest quality IR, with several IF equipped trainers, an in-house simulator and instructors specially trained in the legal/theoretical aspects of an IF rating.

Everything you need to know about your Instrument Rating (IR(H))

What you will learn

•Basic ground training •Instrument flying skills •Instrument flying procedures. •Ground training toward operating procedures under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) •Line Oriented Flight Training (LOFT), Line Operational Simulation (LOS), and Line Operational Evaluation (LOE) •Route familiarization in aircraft •All weather operations and procedures •Mutli-crew cooperation •Understanding of the SA-CARS/CATS

Description of our Instrument Rating (H)

An Instrument Rating (IR) is a certification that grants PPL(H), CPL(H), or ATPL(H) holders the ability to fly in Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC), including cloud-covered areas during their journey. It is important to note that the helicopter used must be IFR certified. While specialized helicopters in the industry are equipped for flying in actual IMC, obtaining the IR rating is crucial for individuals pursuing careers in the oil and gas sector or planning to fly internationally, where the rating holds significant value. Henley Air Flight Training stands out as a provider of top-quality IR training, offering multiple IFR equipped trainers, an in-house simulator, and instructors with specialized expertise in the legal and theoretical aspects of an Instrument Flight rating.

The South African minimum requirements for our Instrument Rating (H)

•18 Years or older •PPL(H) or CPL(H) •Valid Night Rating (H) •General Radio Licence •Passed the Instrument Rating theoretical knowledge online exam •A Class I or II Aviation Medical. oWe will assist you with booking your Aviation Medical appointment. •Fluent in English (Speak, read, write, and understand) and pass the English Proficiency Examination •Pass the relevant skill test.

Ground School Subjects: approx. 40hours

SACAA Instrument Rating (IR(H))Subject Credits: oHuman Performance oAir Law & Procedures oMeteorology oRadio Aids oInstruments oFlight Planning oNavigation oAircraft Technical and General

Our Preferred Helicopters for our Instrument Rating (H)

In our training program we offer two options. We have our unique and state-of-the-art Bell 222 simulator, which offers an unparalleled training experience. The simulator accurately replicates the handling characteristics and cockpit environment of the Bell 222 helicopter, allowing students to practice and refine their skills in a realistic and safe virtual setting. Additionally, we incorporate the Robinson R44 helicopter into our training program to enhance cost-effectiveness. The R44 is a widely used and reliable helicopter model known for its versatility and affordability. By including the R44 type in our training, we provide students with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience at a lower cost compared to larger, more expensive helicopter models. The combination of the Bell 222 simulator and the Robinson R44 helicopter allows us to offer a comprehensive training curriculum that balances realism and cost efficiency. This approach ensures that our students receive the best possible training while optimizing their investment in pursuing their aviation goals.

Pass Requirements for our Instrument Rating (H)

A pass mark of at least 75% is required for all your examinations. Total of 1 examination is required.

Flight Hours

•Minimum 50 hours flying time, of which 5 can be completed in our B222 FNPT-II simulator.

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