The Instrument rating is a qualification that a pilot must have in order to fly under instrument flight rules (IFR). It requires additional training and instruction beyond what is required for a private pilot certificate, including rules and procedures specific to instrument flying, additional instruction in meteorology, and more intensive training in flight solely by reference to instruments.
Being an instrument rated pilot increases both your operational safety and hireability as a pilot when you start looking for work.
If you already hold a fixed wing Instrument Rating, you can add Rotorcraft Helicopter to it. The benefits of doing an Add-On license are that you are not required to take another FAA Knowledge Test, and the minimum hours required are reduced since you can credit fixed wing instrument time towards it.
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