At Hillsboro Aero Academy, we utilize our Frasca TruFlite simulators and Robinson R22 and R44 instrument-equipped aircraft to develop the skills that you will need for instrument proficiency. The weather in the Pacific Northwest provides great opportunities for pilots to recognize the conditions that necessitate the helicopter Instrument Rating.
We break the instrument training into two stages. In stage one, you will learn how to maintain a given altitude, airspeed and direction using only information from the instruments inside the cockpit. Practicing emergency procedures in simulated instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) and learning what to do if one of the instruments you are relying on fails is key during this course.
In stage two, you practice taking off in simulated IMC while only referencing your instruments. During this part of the training, you go to a variety of airports to practice different types of approaches. We have many local airports that offer a myriad of instrument approaches giving you a large amount of experience without having to travel far.