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Episode 143 Helicopter Check Ride Part 8 180 Autorotation Tips
August 14, 2017 02:00 PM PDT
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Helicopter Check Ride Part 8 180 Autorotation Tips

I got an email this morning from a customer who was requesting help with his 180’s. This is a common issue. The last two CFI members that just recently passed their check-rides, when they first contacted me for help with some of the ground stuff, the first thing that they said was, “Man, I'm really struggling with the 180 Autorotation.”

This is a very common question that I get a lot. The point is, these are two guys, two of our members that are going for their CFI's and struggling with the 180 Autorotation. Don't feel bad if you're going for your private or your commercial and you're struggling with the 180, a lot of people have trouble with this.

Episode 142 Helicopter Check Ride Part 7 Checklist Usage
August 13, 2017 02:00 PM PDT
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Helicopter Check Ride Part 7 Checklist Usage

Kenny: My take on this is; I am amazed at the amount of people that don't use them or skip them. Have I ever skipped a checklist? Yes, I have. Have I ever skipped it on a pre-flight? Yep. Have I ever skipped it on a start-up? Yep. Do I do it in general? No. You know, I've had those times when I'd gotten lax and then gotten bit by it because I didn't do it properly, and I tried skipping, and I've done it in a simple aircraft, and I've done it in a more complex aircraft.

You know, I was very “by-the-book” for a long time and then you get a thousand hours in a certain aircraft and, yeah, it's redundant, and I can tell you that when you decide to do it without a checklist, it can be one simple switch as a, you know, boost pump. Even though the lights are on, you do not see the lights on. You did a pre-takeoff check and you somehow did not catch that that boost pump was not on.

Every time I tried to do it, I would forget something. I have never had anything bad happen but I will forget something almost every single time. I've been through the cycle of being really good, and then I've played the game of getting a little lax, and then I've learned my lessons over doing stupid stuff, and now I'm back to, “Use the checklist every single time!”

Episode 141 Helicopter Check Ride Part 6 Student Failures
August 12, 2017 02:00 PM PDT
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Helicopter Check Ride Part 6 Student Failures

Chapter 6: Helicopter Check-Ride Student Failures

I want to share with you the three check-ride failures of students that I've had over the past 17 years. Out of the hundreds of people that I have sent for check-rides, I have only had three people fail on the first attempt. Here are three good tips to cover for Check-Ride prep on what I have seen trip these three people up.

The first example is my very first student that I sent for a Check-Ride anywhere, and it was in a Robinson helicopter. He was a Indiana State Trooper, an airplane CFI, and he was a really sharp individual and was really well-prepared. He got to the Check-Ride and he was busting through the oral stuff. He was doing great, and then the examiner asked him how to figure pressure altitude. He could not remember how to do it by hand, so he wanted to use a chart or use his fancy electronic flight computer. The examiner said, “No, you have to be able to figure out pressure altitude by hand.”

Episode 140 Helicopter Check Ride Part 5 Wire Strike Avoidance
August 11, 2017 05:00 AM PDT
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Helicopter Check Ride Part 5 Wire Strike Avoidance

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Chapter 5: Wire Strike Avoidance

Always assume all towers and poles have wires. Wire strike avoidance is a big deal. Helicopters fly into wires, it happens. People get hurt, people are killed, wires are absolutely everywhere. We know this, we see them. It's not just towers, they are across rivers too. I have heard a lot of people say, “Ah, I like to go fly low along a river.” While it is a beautiful view, people string wires across rivers that are very hard to see.

Episode 139 Helicopter Check Ride Part 4 Flight Training Tips
August 10, 2017 05:00 AM PDT
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Helicopter Check Ride Part 4 Flight Training Tips

This is a huge Helicopter Training Tip. The human brain can only handle about one hour of any new complicated skill before it needs a break. When you are Learning How to Fly Helicopters, or doing Helicopter Ground School, you need a break after one hour. I am not talking about Helicopter Cross Country Training or Check-Ride Preparation; I am talking about in the beginning. Your Helicopter Flights should be one hour or less. If it is any more than that, it is a waste of time and money.

Before I became a Helicopter Instructor, I was a Police Officer and Firearms Instructor. I went through an Instructor Development course and a point they made very clear was on training for an hour. Either in the classroom or out in the field, you need to give a person a short break. Even if it is only 5 or 10 minutes, that break is very important.

Episode 138 Helicopter Check Ride Part 3 Frequently Asked Questions
August 09, 2017 08:00 AM PDT
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Helicopter Check Ride Part 3 Frequently Asked Questions.
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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get started flying helicopters?

This is usually the first question many people ask me. The best thing to do is just schedule a Helicopter Introductory Flight! Go out and get your first Helicopter Lesson. You can sit and think about it all day. You can read books about Flying Helicopters, watch videos about it, and whatever else you can think of, but until you go out and try it, you will not know what it is really all about! The actual Helicopter Flying experience speaks for itself once you go up for your first Helicopter Lesson. Schedule your Helicopter Introductory Flight.

Episode 137 Helicopter Check Ride Part 2 The Practical Test Standards
August 08, 2017 08:00 AM PDT
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This is your Check-Ride laid right out in front of you. After training a bunch of people over the years, Jed, Danny, Doctor Nick, Gary, Justin, another Justin, I can tell you people do not want to use the Practical Test Standards. I do not know why. Let's talk about your Check-Ride day, your appointment with the examiner and what I think is the most important page of all, Applicant's Practical Test Checklist for Helicopters.

Episode 136 Helicopter Check Ride Part 1 How I got started
August 07, 2017 12:19 PM PDT
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I am sure it was Christmas, back in the early '70's, when I opened up the Verti-bird box under the Christmas tree. That thing was the coolest and I flew it until it almost would not fly anymore. Growing up, I always had an interest in learning to fly, but I did not think it was something I would ever really do. I also wanted to be a cop; I wanted to be a police officer. I did not go to college and got out of school thinking I was going to go get a job making a bunch of money in a factory. It did not take long to figure out that factory life was not for me.

The Helicopter Page and Helicopter Online Ground School Contest Giveaway
July 25, 2017 07:00 AM PDT
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Episode 134 New Commercial Pilot Jonathan Wolf New Commercial Pilot
July 24, 2017 07:00 AM PDT
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Episode 131 New Commercial Pilot Jonathan Wolf New Commercial Pilot

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