Strengthen Your Pilot Skills for Inadvertent Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IIMC)

If you ask any helicopter pilot – new or experienced – to name one of the most dangerous obstacles they might possibly face while in flight, most will likely respond with inadvertent or unintentional entry into Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IIMC/UIMC). This is more simply explained as unexpectedly flying into a condition that may degrade, reduce or eliminate the pilot’s reference to the ground or horizon. These conditions are caused by weather - such as fog or dense cloudiness - or even the nighttime environment. While flying in IIMC, pilots can feel disoriented without a reference point, making them question both the aircraft instruments and their own intuition of what is actually happening. They must rely on these instruments to identify “which way is up” while experiencing human sensory inputs that could be telling them the opposite. Learning how to avoid and react to this scenario is the goal of the Bell Training Academy’s IIMC training course.

Being prepared to handle this aerial obstacle starts with quality training from instructors who are well versed in operations under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR). Our BTA Certified Flight Instrument Instructors (CFII) have thorough training and experience under a variety of instrument conditions and helicopter upset recovery scenarios. Our course of instruction enables pilots to recognize and avoid IIMC and then builds upon this lesson through scenario-based simulation training and recovery techniques. Our BTA pilots guide the customers through these experiences to show them how to trust their instruments, manage physiological responses and remain calm throughout the scenario.

I recommend all pilots attend training that positively changes aviation’s operating statistics. Courses like this are exactly what makes that achievable.”  Francisco Torres, Chief Pilot | Cisneros Group

Objectives drive every business, from demanding off-shore transportation, military marine operations, agile business travel to helicopter emergency medical flights. Weather and terrain can be unforgiving and pose serious barriers for these critical missions. With the Bell Training Academy’s IIMC course, the challenges of high altitudes, ocean fog or a low cloud ceiling can be managed and assessed, helping you or your pilots get where you need to go safely. Are you ready to explore this risk-averse solution and strengthen your pilot skills?

About Bell

Thinking above and beyond is what we do. For more than 85 years, we’ve been reimagining the experience of flight – and where it can take us.

We are pioneers. We were the first to break the sound barrier and to certify a commercial helicopter. We were a part of NASA’s first lunar mission and brought advanced tiltrotor systems to market. Today, we’re defining the future of advanced air mobility.

Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas – as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., – we have strategic locations around the globe. And with nearly one quarter of our workforce having served, helping our military achieve their missions is a passion of ours.

Above all, our breakthrough innovations deliver exceptional experiences to our customers. Efficiently. Reliably. And always, with safety at the forefront.

About Textron

Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Arctic Cat, Textron Systems, and TRU Simulation + Training. For more information, visit:

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