Robinson R44 Cadet

Announced in late 2015 and now available to order, the Robinson R44 Cadet is a brand-new training and versatile use aircraft. The new model incorporates some unique changes over previous R44 models, making it ideal for the training pilot or anyone looking to develop their skills in a modern helicopter with easy maneuverability and impressive… Continue reading Robinson R44 Cadet

Rooftop Helipads

Rooftop Heliports If you have ever flown over downtown LA, you have seen the sea of helipads that dot the landscape. As pilots, we often dream of taking off and landing from these buildings. The idea of running our daily errands in a helicopter like we would a car is appealing, but the reality is… Continue reading Rooftop Helipads

The Pace Checklist

Helicopter instructors can use the PAVE checklist to teach students how to examine risks before a flight. PACE is broken down into four categories: Pilot in command, Aircraft, enVironment, and External pressures. Pilot in command refers to the students current experience level, currency, physical/emotional wellness, and mental readiness to complete the flight. Your student should… Continue reading The Pace Checklist

Skids versus Landing Gear Systems

Every helicopter shares one characteristic, no matter the make, model, or year, at some point, it has to land. When your helicopter touches down, it has to support it’s weight on something-you wouldn’t park your car on it’s undercarriage, would you? So, modern helicopter designers have settles on two methods to support the qieght of… Continue reading Skids versus Landing Gear Systems

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AutoPilots in Rotary Aircraft

Modern-day Helicopters often include some form of AutoPilot technology, the most common of them being made by Garmin. This system allows the helicopter to handle flight paths without much input from the pilot, including course changes and directional ‘bearing’ guidance, where the helicopter follows a plotted ‘line’ on the autopilot screen. But how do these… Continue reading AutoPilots in Rotary Aircraft

Bell 505 Jet Ranger X

The Bell 505 Jet Ranger X is Bell Helicopter’s new five-seat aircraft designed for safety, efficiency and reliability through the use of advanced avionics technology. It incorporates proven dynamic components, advanced aerodynamic design, a dual channel FADEC Turbomeca Arrius 2R engine and best-in-class value. The 505 also features the Garmin G1000H avionics suite. Preliminary data calls for… Continue reading Bell 505 Jet Ranger X

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How a Turbofan Engine Works

In a turbine powered helicopter, the turbine is typically a Turbofan engine. However, unlike Turbofan engines on a jet aircraft, instead of the exhaust gases providing thrust, they are used to spin an auxiliary power shaft, which is what causes the rotor to rotate and provides power to the helicopter. But how, exactly, does a… Continue reading How a Turbofan Engine Works

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Beginning to Fly Helicopters

Learning to fly a helicopter is a fun and rewarding experience, but it can be a frightening one, quite understandably. You’re suddenly in charge of a million and one pieces that are constantly trying to vibrate themselves apart in mid air, and you’re suddenly responsible for pedals and sticks and throttles and temperature gauges and… Continue reading Beginning to Fly Helicopters

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