Rotorcraft Rookie

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Rotorcraft Rookie: Night flight

Rotorcraft Rookie | 2014, 02 06

Flying a helicopter at night takes more planning than it does in an airplane, but the rewards can be even sweeter.

Rotorcraft Rookie: Time to go somewhere

Rotorcraft Rookie | 2014, 01 30

Try a cross-country with only a compass and map for navigation, mental math calculations instead of using an E6B, and hitting checkpoints every five miles.

Rotorcraft Rookie: The world is a playground

Rotorcraft Rookie | 2014, 01 16

Helicopters can operate in and out of some small landing sites.

Rotorcraft Rookie: Up, up and away

Rotorcraft Rookie | 2014, 01 01

Helicopters are made to be able to take off and land vertically. But doing so can actually be a dangerous maneuver.

Rotorcraft Rookie: Falling like a rock

Rotorcraft Rookie | 2013, 12 24

Believe it or not, helicopters do continue to fly after an engine failure--sort of.

Rotorcraft Rookie: Fixing airplane habits

Rotorcraft Rookie | 2013, 12 12

One of the key challenges for airplane pilots transitioning to helicopters is unlearning airplane habits.

Rotorcraft Rookie: The crazy takeoff

Rotorcraft Rookie | 2013, 12 05

Helicopter training is generally very safe. So why do run-on takeoffs and landings feel so wrong?

Rotorcraft Rookie: In control

Rotorcraft Rookie | 2013, 11 27

If you are going to learn to fly a helicopter you first have to learn how to control it.

Keep it welded to the pole

Rotorcraft Rookie | 2013, 11 20

Learning how to hover a helicopter, or how to fly on a balance beam.

A lean machine

Rotorcraft Rookie | 2013, 11 20

The Robinson R22 is a fun and unique helicopter that is perfectly suited to training.