Helicopter Aerodynamics

This section will cover Helicopter Aerodynamics. Most of the topics covered apply to all helicopters, but with extra emphasis on the Robinson R22 and R44 helicopters.


  • Airfoils
  • Generation of Lift
  • Types of Drag
  • Translating Tendency/Drift
  • Transitional Lift and ETL
  • Transverse Flow Effect
  • Retreating Blade Stall
  • Settling with Power (SWP) or Vortex Ring State (VRS)
  • Loss of Tail Rotor Effectiveness (LTE)
  • Low G Mast Bumping
  • Autorotations
  • And more…

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