A comprehensive guide to helicopter flying and flight training for aspiring private or professional helicopter pilots--updated for the first time in 20 years!
Extensively revised to cover the latest industry advances, Learning to Fly Helicopters, Second Edition, provides details on the technical and practical aspects of rotarywing 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, Second Edition, covers:
Five myths about helicopters
Your first flight
Basic flight maneuvers
Learning to hover
Advanced maneuvers--with new material on hoisting, sling loads, and offshore operations
Hazards of low-level flying
Flight training tips--civil and military
Aircraft systems--with new information on 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
Human factors and safety
A flight to remember--lessons learned from the author's most stressful flight
Born-again copilots--when experienced captains fly the left seat
Resources for helicopter pilots
Data on and photos of common civil helicopters
There but for the grace of God--real hangar stories as told by real pilots