Day 6 – Helicopter Training Flight #6 – Autorotation Entry, Hover Auto, Vortex Ring State

This is the sixth training flight in a series following a student through his flight training from day 1 to checkride in an R22.

This starts to introduce some more advanced maneuvers – entering an autorotation, hover autos (simulated engine failure at hover) and vortex ring state (otherwise known as settling with power). We also did some advanced hover work (pirouettes) and practiced air taxi and quick stop maneuvers.

Below the video are time-stamped notes/tips for the flight.


00:05 How to check magnetos
02:28 Keep frictions on while setting up radios etc
03:50 Wind direction and runway selection
05:20 ‘Dog leg’
06:20 Know local flight operations (gliders on tow for example)
09:05 Check power required in stable hover
11:05 Clear taxiway intersections
12:05 Operating with gliders & tow aircraft
14:10 Crosswind departure radio call
15:37 Stay below airplane traffic in pattern
16:10 Best climb rate speed
18:40 Vortex Ring State otherwise known by some (FAA) as Settling with Power
21:20 Not the only recovery technique…
28:20 Demo of autorotation entry at altitude
35:10 Hover practice pedal turns
36:20 Hover practice pirouette turns
37:10 Air taxi and Quickstop
44:00 Downwind checks
49:15 Hover autos (simulated engine failure at hover)
57:00 Memorize first three steps to shut down (75% RPM, frictions & cool down timer)

To view all the videos in this series, check out this YouTube playlist of all the Flight Training Sessions (Full-Length Unedited)

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