Day 24 – Helicopter Training Flight #24 – Off Airport, Autos, Max Performance, Gov Failure…

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

Due to flying with one door off, the airflow creates some extra noise, which means some interference in the audio in some parts of the video.

This flight reinforces previous areas such as off airport operations and emergency procedures. Some highlights of this lesson:

  • Off airport operations
  • Max performance takeoff
  • Governor failure
  • Low RPM recognition and recovery
  • Autorotations

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


02:25 make sure to know performance capability,
04:15 remember carb heat assist will reduce carb heat as you pull up collective to pick up – so recheck before take off
07:45 simulated governor failure
09:05 low rpm recovery and discussion of causes and of lowering collective and correlator
10:50 clear turns (aircraft overtaking you?)
11:20 discussion of off airport landings
13:00 minimum altitudes for helicopters
22:00 try and to avoid low and slow (hv diagram)
24:40 30 kts good time to decide to abort or commit to landing
38:00 wind checks at 40 kts
41:00 use ‘lollipop’ turn to help keep track of spot and visualizing a ground track to follow back in
46:00 new spot to practice off airport skills
55:50 max performance takeoff
1:02:40 straight in autorotation – too much time looking in at gauges and not enough time watching the attitude change against the horizon (eyes outside)
1:08:15 demonstration of straight in autorotation

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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