Truly Understanding Your Helicopter: Instrument Rating

Truly Understanding Your Helicopter: Instrument Rating

Truly Understanding Your Helicopter: Instrument RatingI know a guy who spent most of his life working in different office jobs. He was sort of loosely connected to technological peripherals, like for a while he sold computer memory, and then it was hard drive storage, and now he is struggling to keep up, trying to figure out exactly what the ‘cloud’ is, and wondering why it’s taking business away from him. This guy studied art history in college and graduated from a pretty decent school. So how did he wind up where he is now? He didn’t answer his calling. I know another guy with a similar story except that five years ago he started pursuing helicopter courses, now he flies with a firefighting a unit and as far as I know he’s never even heard of the ‘cloud’. The only kind of cloud he thinks about is the kind that forces him to use his instrument rating to navigate. Upper Limit Aviation (1-855-HELIEDU) can help new pilots answer their calling by providing top notch flight training that will benefit you throughout your career.

Because we now live and operate in this world that is so fractured by newly emerging technological splinter industries, and the insatiable rush to keep up ages hard working men and women out of their industry at an increasingly rapid pace, it’s tough to overstate the benefits of a job that provides the same elemental pleasures and satisfaction now as it did a generation ago. Don’t get me wrong, I understand how the helicopter aviation industry has undergone sweeping changes many times over that span of time, but it’s simply not like other fields. A pilot is a pilot because he knows what he’s doing in the air, and the ground rules of flight don’t really change. We don’t cycle through equipment like they do in many other industries. Often times, a helicopter will be in service for decades.

What This Rating Can Tell You About a Pilot

It’s tough to say that you’re an expert at anything when the thing you’re an expert in is obsolete every couple years. That’s why the instrument rating is a perfect barometer for how to measure your skill as a pilot. The ability to fly under those IMC (Instrument Meteorological Conditions, i.e. when you can’t see anything useful in your visual field and have to rely upon your instruments to fly) situations is a test, much like the test faced by those who work in tech and have to keep up with cloud this and retina display that. The instrument rating a solid measuring stick that tells you something about a pilot immediately. You’ll know that when you’re in his or her helicopter, you’re in good hands. If he or she got her flight training at Upper Limit Aviation (1-855-HELIEDU), you’ll know that that pilot is ready to do a stellar job in whatever industry they find themselves in.


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