Learning to Fly Helicopters
Some More Hints About Hovering a Helicopter
As explained in a previous article on this topic, hovering is difficult, at least to begin with, and frequently for quite a long time afterwards. For this reason, most helicopter schools teach it slightly differently from the way it is found in the PPL(H) syllabus. Here are a few hints and tips...
Using Two Helicopter Controls Together
After learning the effects of the individual controls, the helicopter student will learn to use two controls together. The aim of this exercise is to learn how to alter the attitude and power of the helicopter, in order to achieve a change in its speed and height. It is done fairly early on in the helicopter private pilot’s licence course.
Helicopter Trips, Flying Lessons, Helicopter Models
Almost everyone is fascinated by helicopters. Yet most people consider that they are both too expensive and too difficult to fly to be anything other than a dream. However, this is not the case. It is possible to arrange a helicopter experience as a one-off without breaking the bank. Here are some ways that it can be done.
The First Exercise in the PPL(H) Course
People often wonder what happens when they start learning to fly a helicopter. Usually you will have a trial lesson to start with, when you simply get used to being in a helicopter, and maybe have an informal try at flying it. Effects of Controls is the first formal lesson of the PPL(H) course. This is roughly how it works…
From Ab-Initio (the start) to First Helicopter Job
Many people who want to train to become helicopter pilots aren’t sure where to start or what to do. Here is an overview of the requirements and the training. However, all flying training varies in different countries, and things are changing rapidly in Europe right now, so everyone should check the details before embarking on what can be a long and expensive course.
What is Involved in Gaining a PPL(H)?
This article is designed for the student who has decided to learn to fly a helicopter. He or she will have done a little research, and hopefully found the school at which he wants to train and done other preparation required before starting the PPL(H) course. This will include working out how to finance the training, for learning to fly helicopters is not cheap. Now he is ready to start. So what does the helicopter private pilot’s licence course actually involve?
Making Helicopter Flying Cheaper Than it First Appears
Many people who want to learn to fly helicopters are put off by the cost. Rotary flying is certainly expensive; in most countries it is about twice the price of the fixed-wing equivalent. But there are ways of saving money when undertaking helicopter training.
Students Get More for their Money with Helicopters
With planes, a lot of time is wasted taxying and waiting on the ground for other aircraft. But this is not so with helicopters. As soon as a rotary aircraft lifts into the hover it is flying – and the student is learning something. Helicopters can often depart from the airfield far more quickly than airplanes, since they do not need to use a runway. So no training time is wasted during helicopter training.
It is also possible to conduct helicopter training during weather conditions which would have airplanes grounded, since in poor visibility or low cloud, helicopter students can practise hovering or other low level manoeuvres.