Helicopter Training Flight #10 – Low G, SWP, Autorotations, Hover Autos, Air Taxi & Quick Stops…
This is the tenth training flight in a series following a student through his flight training from day 1 to checkride in an R22.
In this lesson we start on Low G (low gravity) hazard and recovery training, an essential part of the Robinson SFAR 73 training requirement for the R22/R44 helicopters (see our post on SFAR 73 training). We also cover Settling With Power (SWP) otherwise referred to as Vortex Ring State (VRS) recognition and recovery.
We continue to work on autorotations and introduce max glide and minimum descent profiles. We also discuss the Robinson Safety Notice on practice autorotations (SN38). I also demonstrate an autorotation all the way down to the flare and recovery a feet above the runway/taxiway.
We use the air taxi to maneuver around the airport and work on building proficiency on quick stops and hover autos.
Below the video are time-stamped notes/tips for the flight.
00:10 Always check to make sure control movement is free and ‘normal’ before pickup
00:55 Make sure to think how the wind will affect your pickup
07:30 Crabbing into the wind
08:35 Low G recovery training
13:30 Settling with Power (Vortex Ring State)
18:50 Autorotations at altitude
29:00 Eyes outside on entry to autorotation
30:25 Max range & endurance airspeeds
38:50 Robinson Safety Notice on practice autorotations
43:40 Check radios if not hearing any radio calls for a while
46:15 Demonstration of autorotation to flare
54:45 Air taxi & quick stop
57:30 Clear your tail before pedal turns
58:30 Air taxi to maneuver around the airport
1:00:00 Hover auto or simulated engine failure at hover
To view all the videos in this series, check out this YouTube playlist of all the Flight Training Sessions (Full-Length Unedited)