Multi Engine - Instrument Rating for helicopters
When you start this training, you probably aim for a job as a professional pilot. All offshore companies work with a Multi Pilot crew and fly on ME-IR.
This means that you fly the helicopter together with another pilot and use the instruments to guide you instead of visual flight rules. You can obtain your Instrument Rating on a single engine aircraft but for commercial use it has to be Multi Engine. The level of workload for a ME-IR pilot is much higher than for a SE-IR pilot. especially in case of an emergency. With a multi engine helicopter you can continue flying, in a single engine helicopter you will descend for sure. Therefor multi engine is always the safer option.
The demanding ME-IR education is a single pilot operation. At a job interview you are put in a simulator with another, unknown, pilot and you will have to work together in a multi crew setting. If you are not used to it this can be a handful. We try to prepare you for this by mixing in multi crew aspects in our training. We start the training in a multi pilot concept. Eventually more and more tasks are transferred to the student until he/she is ready to take the exam in single pilot operation. This is possibly the exam with the highest workload.
This way of working is a good preparation for the Multi Crew Course (MCC).
For the ME-IR-H we use the BO 105. This helicopter is adjusted to be fit for Performance Based Navigation (PBN). The Bo's construction is a very logical machine so that the cooperation between the different systems is easy to understand.