Yeah, most chopper operations are VFR, and helos can get ALL SORTS of exceptions to FAR rules. All sorts from minimum altitude to minimum visibility. So, instrument is a little less important in a chopper. Heli training is far more expensive, the cheapest you can go is the R-22, for roughly $170 per hour and up. Having a good background in fixed wing is good for things like getting to know air routes, ect., but as you''ve probably heard, everything you know about control and traffic pattern ops is out the door! From oval patterns to facing the ground to takeoff, it's all different. Like learning to walk again. But it can be the most thrilling experience of your life. You'll find you have the freedom to go anywhere, it'll be like black magic. I like say it like this: It will be 10 times harder to fly than a plane, but 10 times more fun! Good luck!