• Pre-requisites

    Licence

    You must hold one of the following licences:

    • an ATPL
    • a CPL (H) or
    • a PPL (H)

    If you want to use the privileges of the IR (H) at night and you only hold a PPL (H), you will also need to hold a Night rating.

    Flying experience

    You must also have completed at least 50 hours of cross-country flight time as PIC in aeroplanes, TMGs, helicopters or airships, of which at least 10 hours must be in helicopters. However, if you have completed an ATP (H)/IR, ATP (H), CPL (H)/IR or CPL (H) integrated training course, you will not need to meet this requirement.

    Ratings

    If you want to complete the helicopter instruction phase of the IR (H) course, you must hold the helicopter type rating used for the IR (H) skill test, or have completed approved type rating training on that type.

    If your skill test is going to be conducted in multi-pilot conditions, you must also hold a certificate of satisfactory completion of MCC, or be MCC exempt.

    Completing your training

    All instructional stages must be completed in one continuous approved course of training.

    Theoretical knowledge training and exams

    You must complete at least 150 hours of theoretical knowledge instruction.

    You must pass the relevant theoretical knowledge exams within an 18 month period.

    Theoretical knowledge crediting

    If you hold an ATPL (H), the theoretical knowledge instruction time can be reduced by 50 hours.

    If you have passed the theoretical knowledge exams for an ATPL (H) VFR, you will only need to pass the following exams:

    • Air Law
    • Flight Planning and Flight Monitoring
    • Radio Navigation
    • IFR Communications

    If you have passed the theoretical knowledge examinations for a CPL (H), you will be credited the  exams below::

    • Human Performance
    • Meteorology

    Flying training (single engine)

    You must complete at least 50 hours of instrument time under instruction, of which:

    • up to 20 hours may be instrument ground time in an FNPT I (H) or (A). (These 20 hours may be substituted by 20 hours instruction time for IR(H) in an aeroplane approved for this course); or
    • up to 35 hours may be instrument ground time in a helicopter FTD 2/3, FNPT II/III or FFS.

    The instrument flight instruction must include at least 10 hours in an IFR-certificated multi-engine helicopter.

    You must take a skill test at the end of your training course in the single engine helicopter type that the training was taken in.

    Crediting

    If you hold an IR (A) the total single-engine flying training requirement can be reduced by 10 hours.  This cannot be used in place of the 10 hours instrument instruction flown in an IFR certified single engine helicopter.

    Flying training (multi-engine)

    You must complete at least 55 hours instrument time under instruction, of which:

    • up to 20 hours may be instrument ground time in an FNPT I (H) or (A). (These 20 hours may be substituted by 20 hours instruction time for IR(H) in an aeroplane approved for this course); or
    • up to 40 hours may be instrument ground time in a helicopter FTD 2/3, FNPT II/III or FFS.

    The instrument flight instruction must include at least 10 hours in an IFR-certificated multi-engine helicopter.

    You must take a skill test at the end of your training course in the multi engine helicopter type that the training was taken in.

    Crediting

    If you hold an IR (A) the total multi-engine flying training can be reduced by 10 hours.

    This credit cannot be used in place of the 10 hours instrument instruction flown in an IFR certified multi engine helicopter.

    Extending from single- to multi-engine

    If you have completed the single-engine flying training for IR (H) and you are extending to multi-engine helicopters, you will need to complete a training course at an ATO comprising at least 5 hours dual instrument instruction time, of which 3 hours may be in an FFS or FTD 2/3 or FNPT II/III. You must take a skill test at the end of this training course.

    Extending helicopter instrument privileges to another helicopter type

    Holders of an IR(H) who want to extend it to further types must have an additional 2 hours flight training on type by sole reference to instruments according to IFR which may be conducted in a FFS C/D or FTD 2/3.

    Extending  single engine helicopter privileges to multi engine helicopter privileges

    Holders of an SE IR(H) wishing to extend the IR privileges to an ME IR(H) for the first time should complete at least 5 hours training.

    Extending privileges on the same type rating from SPH to MPH (except for initial MP issue) or from MPH to SPH

    2 hours of training in a helicopter or using FFS C/D: at least 1 hour helicopter and at least 3 hours total.