Updated for the first time in 20 years, this complete guide to helicopter flight training introduces the beginner pilot to common maneuvers and flight mechanics, and helps you navigate the transition into the professional pilot industry. Learning to Fly Helicopters is the definitive resource for prospective and beginner helicopter pilots. Lauded for his down-to-earth style, R. Randall Padfield delivers the essential technical information required for flight, as well as useful knowledge for aspiring professional pilots. This new edition is fully revised and expanded into two parts. Part 1 covers essentials for students-flight controls, basic and advanced maneuvers, testing requirements, and aircraft systems. The expanded Part 2 is the beginner pilot's guide to the professional pilot industry, and includes new chapters on employment opportunities, pilot associations and organizations, human factors and safety, and the navigation of the captain-to-co-pilot relationship.
New chapters on flight training tips, employment opportunities, and helicopter associations New sections on significant technological advances, such as glass cockpits, GPS navigation, and aviation apps Updated with the most recent FAA regulations and testing requirements Comprehensive listing of common civilian helicopters Guides the new pilot through their first flight-preparation, boarding, take-off, climbing, turning, cruising, hovering, landing, and postflight procedures Easy-to-read, conversational style makes even technical details of advanced maneuvers easy for beginners to understand