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Old 8th Jan 2013, 00:01
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Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Central Coast, CA
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EMS Very Slow approach - why?

I was just curious why every EMS helicopter I've seen seems to slow to almost HOGE and do a really slow, increasingly steep "parabolic" approach. It's stable, controlled and looks safe, but I was just wondering if maybe someone could describe in detail what that approach is all about.

I've wanted to re-create that kind of approach in training, but the instructors I've had bark when I get slower than 30 kts if not within 30' of the ground (which feels way faster than "walking it in").
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