How not to bust your helicopter

Practice autorotations cause a huge number of accidents during helicopter pilot training, and lots of helicopters are written off like this.

Low-cost simulation will, hopefully, reduce the rate of occurrence, but while we’re waiting for the industry to wise-up to this, the International Helicopter Safety Team has issued a reminder about how to carry out practice forced landings, combined with a reminder about how to handle the day it happens for real.
There’s so much to think about and so little time. So do some thinking now and save yourself an embarrassing, expensive and unnecessary crunch. Everyone needs a refresher.

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One Response to How not to bust your helicopter

  1. Roger Lee 30 July, 2013 at 7:10 pm #

    Autorotation mishaps were happening 55 years ago .I was spending time in the Westland Aircraft Helicopter Training School as part of my Apprenticeship . We had two Brazilian Navy Pilots under training on the School`s Westland Widgeon . It`s hard to believe now but in 1958 it was possible to be given a flight . One was flambouyant and the other very steady . One day we found out why the Foreman would only let the steady one take us up .A nose high landing had reduced the tail rotor to splintered matchwood . But you should have seen the Chief Test Pilot`s autorotational landings on the big tubed Westland Westminster , they were impressive !

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