Intro to Dispatch and Scheduling
In life if you want to be good at anything, you must practice, practice, practice! The more time you have under your belt the better you will be. While attending a flight school, your flight instructor will ensure you are proficient and comfortable in the aircraft before they send you on a solo flight or your check ride. Proficiency is defined as, “skillfulness in the command of fundamentals deriving from practice and familiarity.” (1) In essence, practice greatly improves efficiency.
Flying in general is the safest way to travel and helicopters are quite reliable. Emergencies do happen but by having a thorough knowledge of the aircraft or the helicopter any pilot will be able to control the situation and possibly avoid a disastrous outcome.
The accident in which was prevented that I chose to write about occurred at my helicopter flight academy, Utah Helicopter in Idaho Falls, Idaho. CFII Gabe Henry and a student were doing pattern work when there was loss of power to the helicopter. CFII Gabe Henry immediately entered and executed an autorotation and landed on the runway safely. There was still enough power to hover and he was able to taxi back to the hanger. After performing a post flight check, Gabe and his student pilot noticed one of the two belts had slipped off the clutch. After talking to my flight instructor about what had happened he told me that there was no damage to the aircraft and the Gabe did not panic when it happened. As a CFII Gabe knew exactly what to do because he had attempted simulated engine failures since he initially began his flight training.
To get technical, an autorotation is a, “Condition of flight during which the main rotor of a helicopter is driven only by aerodynamic forces with no power from the engine. It is a descending maneuver where the engine is disengaged from the main rotor system and the rotor blades are driven solely by the upward flow of air through the...