Articles from Flight Training News 2011/12
This book is based on the aviation articles which Helen wrote for the magazine Flight Training News during the years 2011 to 2012. It begins with an article from Helen’s early days of learning to fly, My Learning-to-Fly Nightmare, which should provide encouragement for anyone who is struggling with the PPL course. The next three articles are about topics of general interest to private pilots. Then come a group of helicopter related articles, but these should still provide food for thought for anyone interested in any type of flying. The last chapter answers the thought provoking issue, Why People Give up Flying. Altogether there are over 22,000 words of flying related information. If you enjoyed the earlier books, you should like this one too!
Collected Articles on the Life and Work of a Helicopter Pilot
Helen for many years combined working as a helicopter flight instructor with writing about various aspects of rotary aviation for a number of magazines. This latest book is a collection of seven very different articles which could be particularly useful and interesting to those wanting to know about helicopter pilot careers.
The first two articles discuss the qualifications and experience needed to become a commercial helicopter pilot and then a flying instructor. After that come Helen’s experiences of the different jobs available to helicopter pilots, generally obtained from meeting people who did that work. Thus the next two articles are about different aspects of the worthwhile work of air ambulance pilots. Then come two further articles about the work of the Metropolitan Police Air Support Unit. Finally we have some details of the less well known jobs of those pilots who patrol and monitor the gas pipelines throughout the UK.
New Book of Interest to Both Aviators and Travellers
Helen has done a lot of flying over the years, both by aeroplane and helicopter, for she had licences to fly both for a number of years. Most of it was during the time before she settled down and became a helicopter instructor, and it was done partly – though not exclusively – to gain the flying experience needed for that career. Some of it has been in foreign countries, and much of it has been very exciting by all usual standards. Many of these adventures have been published in the past – in flying magazines, the British Women Pilot’s Association newsletter, and various other publications. And it seemed like a good idea to put them all together in book form – and so the idea for My Foreign Flying Adventures began to take shape.
How Helen Became a Helicopter Instructor
About ten years ago, Helen arranged to do a five week intensive flying course to become a helicopter flying instructor. It was all arranged in rather a hurry – the instructor had another student and was ready to start now; could she join that course? Helicopter instructor courses are few and far between, so she agreed, but it wasn’t easy for her. She barely had the required flying experience, and she needed to make hurried domestic arrangements, then drive 200 miles to the airfield where the course would be held to arrange accommodation etc. But she was keen to start, and she also offered to write a regular diary about the course on the forums of a well known aviation website. She did this, keeping it up until the end of the course.
The diary became amazingly popular. Readers found that it provided not only useful details about how a rotary flying instructor course worked, but also fascinating insights into Helen’s life. She was completely honest when writing, and when she was finding things hard, she told her diary….and her ever increasing numbers of readers. This was the case right up to the somewhat unexpected conclusion.
Collected Articles From Flight Training News, 2006-2011, Vol I
In 2006 Helen started writing a regular column in the monthly publication Flight Training News. She contributed informative but lighthearted articles on all aspects of flying, for the most part drawing on her own experience, and almost invariably peppered with useful anecdotes from her own flying. To date she has written over 50 of these articles, and various people have commented on how useful they have been, and also remarked that they would make an excellent book.
Hence the idea for this publication – the first of a series of four. This first one collects together Helen’s fairly introductory articles on learning to fly both aeroplanes and helicopters, aimed at the beginner and those undertaking the Private Pilot’s Licence course. Helen starts by asking the all-important question: Can Anyone Learn to Fly - and she concludes that they can. The next few chapters give useful advice on those all-important price-related issues, plus finding the right airfield, flying school, and instructor. We then move on to some of the human issues related to aviation training, such as confidence problems and how to learn from one’s mistakes. The later sections talk about the important milestone of ‘going solo’, and finally, how to cope with test nerves when you get to that crucial final flight test.
This book is the second volume of Helen’s series of four on flying different aircraft types. The first book looked at learning to fly, the third concentrates on helicopter flying, since this is Helen’s speciality, and the final volume talks about her personal experiences as a helicopter instructor. All of them are taken from Helen’s column in Flight Training News, and were originally published between 2006 and 2011
This second book starts by discussing what sort of flights a new pilot should do after gaining the coveted PPL. It then tells the story of one of Helen’s longer trips, when she took off alone for France. The next two articles – Aeroplanes and Helicopters: Rules for Safe Coexistence and The Dangers of Helicopter Downwash are concerned with important safety issues. We then take a look at flying microlights as well as fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters, followed by gaining some hints on dealing with the CAA Medical department. The final four chapters should be useful to those considering a commercial aviation career, although also of general interest. They discuss how to question an apparently unfair exam result, what to do with your commercial licence, the place of women in commercial aviation, and fixed-wing versus rotary flying careers.
Collected Articles From Flight Training News, 2006-2011, Vol III
In 2006 Helen Krasner started writing a regular column in the monthly publication Flight Training News. To date she has written over 50 of these articles, and various people have commented on how useful they have been, and also remarked that they would make an excellent book. Hence the idea of putting them together in book form.
This book is the third volume of Helen’s series of four (and possibly more at a later date) on flying different aircraft types. The first looked at learning to fly aeroplanes and helicopters, while the second was concerned with flying light aircraft after obtaining the PPL. The fourth volume will talk about Helen’s personal experiences as a helicopter instructor, and give some hints for new instructors. All of them are taken primarily from Helen’s column in Flight Training News, and were originally published between 2006 and 2011.
Collected Articles From Flight Training News, 2006-2011, Vol IV
This book is the fourth and final volume of Helen’s series (although there may be more at a later date) on flying different aircraft types. The first looked at learning to fly aeroplanes and helicopters, and was published in April 2011. The second was concerned with flying light aircraft after obtaining the PPL, and came out in September 2011. The third was specifically about flying helicopters. All of them, including this final volume, are taken primarily from Helen’s column in Flight Training News, and were originally published between 2006 and 2011
This fourth book tells about Helen’s experiences as a helicopter flight instructor. The first article, Becoming a Helicopter Instructor, is also to be found in Book 3, but it obviously belongs here as well. It is followed by articles on deciding what type of aircraft you would like to instruct on, and some hints on how to get that elusive first instructing job. Later articles give hints and tips on different aspects of an instructor’s career – Helicopter Trial Lessons, Student Briefings, Students’ Specific Problems, and Students Who Try to Kill You. Then there are some articles on teaching specific topics – Teaching Helicopter Emergencies, and Teaching Airmanship. Helen finishes with a plea for more honesty in one’s dealings with others – I’m Not God, Just a Flying Instructor.
Collected Rotary Flight Test Articles, 2004 – 2011, Vol I
In 2004, Helen was invited by the Editor of the magazine ‘Today’s Pilot’ to fly some different helicopter types and write some flight test articles for the magazine. The first – on the Schweizer 300CBi, and included in this book – was well received, and this was the beginning of a series of regular features on different helicopters over the next few years. Each described a different helicopter in some detail and explained what it was like to fly it, and the articles continued until 2011. At that time the magazine was incorporated into ‘Pilot’ magazine, so Helen carried on writing for them, and still does so.