Principles of Helicopter Flight

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Aviation Supplies & Academics, 2006 - Technology & Engineering - 304 pages
Recently updated, this comprehensive handbook explains the aerodynamics of helicopter flight, as well as how to perform typical helicopter maneuvers, unlike many aviation training manuals which are strictly how-to guides. Beginning with the basics of aerodynamics, each step of the process is fully illustrated and thoroughly explained?from the physics of helicopter flying and advanced operations to helicopter design and performance?providing helicopter pilots with a sound technical foundation on which to base their in-flight decisions. Containing discussions on the NOTAR (no tail rotor) system, strakes, and frequently misunderstood principles of airspeed and high-altitude operations, this revised edition also includes the latest procedures and regulations from the Federal Aviation Administration.

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W. J. Wagtendonk is a retired flight instructor and a former pilot in the Royal New Zealand Air Force. He is the founder of the Nelson Aviation College in Motueka, New Zealand, the first flight school approved to conduct both fixed-wing and helicopter courses.

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