Inbound From Trinidad and Tobago, joined Sep 2001, 838 posts, RR: 2 Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1605 times:
I don't think there's much of a difference, except there might be a different written exam or something.
I'm only saying so because I know helicopter minimums are half of fixed wing.
for what it's worth, when I was doing my airplane instrument rating in canada, there was this girl, a total helicopter pilot....doing her instrument rating too.
she never took off or landed the airplane. all her training was done above 1000 feet, and she did her instrument flight test on the fixed wing.
in my opinion, I would think your fixed wing instrument rating holds for both types of aircraft, but I cannot guarantee that.
worth some more investigating.
Ups763 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 199 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1575 times:
If this is an add on, you wont need to take the written because you already have it. ARCH 89U is right, just check the regs. Regarding slicing the minimums in half, part 97 states that only the visibility may be cut in half but no less then 1200 RVR, you may NOT cut the MDA or DH in half. Flying an instrument approach in a helicopter is done at 80 knots and once the FAF is crossed it is increased to 90 kts, which equals about 480 feet per minute on the VSI. As for the actual practical in a chopper, at least 3 approaches (one precision and 2 non-precision), tracking and holding, steep turns, and unusual attitudes. Plus the oral going over regs, procedures, well you know! Most DE's dont have you file an IFR plan because of time but they usually ask you to fill out the written flight plan with an appropriate route on airways and such from one airport to another. Any other questions, just post.