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What are your 'tips' to being a better helicopter pilot?

Old 28th Aug 2018, 08:58
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What are your 'tips' to being a better helicopter pilot?

What are your 'tips' to being a better helicopter pilot? I'm currently hour building towards the CPL-H and interested to hear experienced pilots 'pearls of wisdom'.
What can only experience teach you? What do you wish you were taught/told but weren't? What's not in 'the books'?
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Old 28th Aug 2018, 09:46
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My first tip is 'learn how to use the search function on PPRuNe'.

But, to get you going, here is one of the various previous threads on a similar subject. (This one was started in 2002):

I Learned About Flying From That (ILAFFT)
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Old 28th Aug 2018, 10:13
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If you think that throwing the machine around is going to impress the pax, then you aren't thinking.

The smoother, the better. And you don't get to see their breakfast.
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Old 28th Aug 2018, 10:43
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Avoid doing stupid things when a YouTube vlogger is around
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Old 28th Aug 2018, 11:07
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Angel

If in doubt? Bug out!
Do everything into wind....except piss (whenever possible)
Know Your power margins before turning final & before departure...have You got the power to safely land & depart?

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Old 28th Aug 2018, 12:46
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Before Landing....visualize exactly where the Skids/Wheels be at Touchdown then put them there exactly.
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Old 28th Aug 2018, 13:21
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Take out the holds & fly hands on as much as possible ..... and remember the 5 P's
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Old 28th Aug 2018, 17:45
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Fly accurately.
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Old 28th Aug 2018, 20:53
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Keep learning, every flight, every day.
If or when the day comes you think you know it all, get out of the heli and stop flying!
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Old 28th Aug 2018, 21:01
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Old 28th Aug 2018, 21:11
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Think about where your `tips`(main and tail) are at all times,and where your downwash is going when manoeuvring on airfields...
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Old 28th Aug 2018, 21:24
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Always have a way back from what you are about to do.
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Old 29th Aug 2018, 02:42
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  • Always, always, always have a Plan B, and a Plan C (and maybe even a Plan D) in your back pocket. And don't be so married to Plan A that you won't use them if need be.
  • Always know where the wind is coming from and LAND INTO IT. That way you won't have to explain yourself when some smart-aleck comes up to you and says, "I thought aircraft were supposed to take-off and land *into* the wind..." And you won't get into VRS or SWP or LTE and then you won't have to blame the helicopter for your poor planning and execution.
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Old 29th Aug 2018, 12:05
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Old 29th Aug 2018, 12:35
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Never put any part of the aircraft into any place which your conscious mind has not properly explored already. Make sure that exploration discovered at least two ways out.
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Old 29th Aug 2018, 14:26
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Enjoy it! When to stop enjoying it, move over and let someone else have a chance. Organisations are riddled with bitter and twisted has-beens clogging up the places that young, keen and interested Wannabees will gladly fill.
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Old 29th Aug 2018, 15:49
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Don't scare your passengers. Always land into the wind. Don't crash.
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Old 29th Aug 2018, 16:14
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Useless Things

The airport and emergency landing area behind you.
The altitude above you.
The fuel you have already used.
The lower you fly the less options available to you.
Fly like your passenger has a full G and T and doesn't want it in his/her lap.
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Old 29th Aug 2018, 16:43
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Actually 7 p's prior planning and preparation prevents piss poor performance
Never ever go with someone who says they know everything about helicopter flying, no one knows everything
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Old 29th Aug 2018, 18:01
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Better is a journey, it's not a destination.
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