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Learning to Fly Helicopters - eBook

Learning to Fly Helicopters - eBook

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Product Features

  • ISBN: 9780071808613
  • Publisher: McGraw Hill
  • Author: Randal Padfield
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Pages: 545
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  • eBook Specifications

    • Type: Secure eBook (PDF)
    • Printing: Not Allowed
    • Copy/Paste: Not Allowed
    • Offline Access: Yes
    • Search: Yes
    • Bookmarks: Yes
    • Compatibility: Windows, macOS, iOS, Android

Covers the basics for those considering whether to commit to a helicopter pilot’s license. This is a comprehensive guide to helicopter flying and flight training for aspiring private or professional helicopter pilots.

Learning to Fly Helicopters provides details on the technical and practical aspects of rotary wing flight, guiding you from preflight preparation through postflight procedures and everything in between. Written in a conversational style, the book demystifies the art and science of helicopter flying. Real world advice from the author and other pilots is included throughout.

This copiously illustrated, up-to-date edition features new information on glass cockpits, turbine engines, IFR flying, the latest FAA test standards for a private helicopter pilot certificate, emergency and safety procedures, how to choose a flight school, career opportunities, and more. Become a private or professional helicopter pilot with help from this trusted resource!

Learning to Fly Helicopters covers:

  • Five Myths About Helicopters
  • Basic Aerodynamics
  • Flight Controls
  • Your First Flight
  • Basic Flight Maneuvers
  • Learning to Hover
  • Autorotations
  • Advanced Maneuvers--Hoisting, Sling Loads, and Offshore Operations Emergencies
  • Hazards of Low Level Flying
  • Flight Training Tips; Civil and Military
  • Aircraft Systems; With Glass Cockpits and Turbine Engines
  • Private Pilot Practical Test Standards for Helicopter Pilots
  • The Ten Commandments for Helicopter Pilots
  • Weight and Balance, Passenger Briefings, and Hand Signals
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Human Factors and Safety
  • Postflight

From the Author
This book is about what it's like to learn to fly helicopters and what it's like to fly them as professional pilot. And what is that exactly? It starts with a feeling. A feeling that must be experienced before it can be understood. The best I can do is identify other experiences you're more likely to have had, and I hope you'll get the idea.

It's the feeling you get when a football floats into your hands as you're running full speed down the field, or when your bat hits smacks a baseball with a loud satisfying "thunk." It's the feeling a gymnast gets on the balance beam during a perfect routine, or an airplane pilot gets when squeaking a landing in a taildragger, or a skier gets when carving perfect turns in deep powder. It's the feeling every child gets the first time he or she masters riding a bicycle without training wheels. It's a hands-eyes-and-feet coordination thing. That's what it's like to fly a helicopter. This book can't give you that feeling. No book can. What this book can do is pave the way so that you get the feeling sooner.

Helicopters are fascinating, complicated machines. They're not easy to fly and they're not easy to understand. You have a lot of study, work and practice ahead of you, if you are to become a helicopter pilot. Believe me, it's worth the time, effort and money. Once you get the feeling, you'll never want to let it go.

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