A comprehensive guide to helicopter flying and flighttraining for aspiring private or professional helicopterpilots--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 privatehelicopter 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 helicoptersBasic aerodynamicsFlight controlsYour first flightBasic flight maneuversLearning to hoverAutorotationsAdvanced maneuvers--with new material on hoisting,sling loads, and offshore operationsEmergenciesHazards of low-level flyingFlight training tips--civil and militaryAircraft systems--with new information on glass cockpits and turbine enginesPrivate pilot practical test standards for helicopterpilotsThe Ten Commandments for helicopter pilotsWeight and balance, passenger briefings, and hand signalsEmployment opportunitiesHuman factors and safetyA flight to remember--lessons learned from the author's most stressful flightBorn-again copilots--when experienced captains fly theleft seatResources for helicopter pilotsData on and photos of common civil helicoptersThere but for the grace of God--real hangar stories astold by real pilotsPostflight
Learning to Fly Helicopters
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