AF340 From Canada, joined Jul 2007, 2786 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2481 times:
Quoting ConcordeBoy (Reply 2): but always been frightful of helicopters, or any aircraft with a single engine.
Well, I too have always been a little suspious of helicopters, mainly because they don't glide. I know you can do that thing that supposed to slow down the rate of descent but still. As for single-engine airplanes, at least they glide and a twin (GA Aircraft) is pretty damn hard to handle with an engine out.
HapppyLandings From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2330 times:
Quoting AF340 (Reply 6): Really, I've heard you have to be quite strong to handle the aileron compensation
No, not that much really... If you can fly a 152 competently you can make a 1 engine landing in a twin... A tad more difficult, but after all flying a plane is not that hard... Most people can do it quite well
Once some strong winds and adverse conditions come into play it is a different story of course....
Threepoint From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 2245 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2303 times:
Quoting AF340 (Reply 3): Well, I too have always been a little suspious of helicopters, mainly because they don't glide. I know you can do that thing that supposed to slow down the rate of descent but still.
Helicopters certainly do glide - they just have a steeper rate of descent. "That thing" is called autorotation, which uses the inertia in the spinning blades to allow the aircraft to descend in a controllable manner. In the landing flare, the collective lever (controls the pitch of the blades) is pulled to slow the descent and allow the helicopter a soft(ish) landing.
The nice thing about helicopters in an engine-out scenario is the number of landing spots is often far more than a fixed-wing aircraft in the same situation.
Quoting Rikkus67 (Reply 4): Cranbrook has felt the pain of aviation disasters before
Five years ago, a L-188 airtanker crashed 6 km south of town during an aerial wildfire suppression mission, killing two.
Quoting HapppyLandings (Reply 8): Once some strong winds and adverse conditions come into play it is a different story of course....
Not so much concerning strength. I'm sure you could handle the physical load with ease. It's proper control coordination that's the tricky part for many.
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