Rotorcraft Rookie

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Rotorcraft Rookie: Second chance at a first passenger

Rotorcraft Rookie | 2014, 07 07

Can you have two first passengers? A new helicopter pilot takes his first passenger 15 years after the first experience in an airplane.

Rotorcraft Rookie: 10 lessons from learning to fly helicopters

Rotorcraft Rookie | 2014, 06 05

Of the hundreds of things one learns during a helicopter add-on course, these are 10 of the most important themes.

Rotorcraft Rookie: Checkride success

Rotorcraft Rookie | 2014, 05 21

It all comes down to the checkride, the pressure-cooker flight and oral exam that pits the student against himself.

Rotorcraft Rookie: Do helicopters stall?

Rotorcraft Rookie | 2014, 05 08

Helicopter pilots don't work on stalls the same way airplane pilots do, but the possiblity is every bit as real.

Rotorcraft Rookie: New landing sites

Rotorcraft Rookie | 2014, 04 23

Public-use heliports aren't very plentiful, but those that are offer unique capabilities and a fun challenge.

Rotorcraft Rookie: The best study materials

Rotorcraft Rookie | 2014, 04 01

Although there may be more books and reference materials in the fixed-wing world, most helicopter study materials are really well done.

Rotorcraft Rookie: Round and round he goes

Rotorcraft Rookie | 2014, 03 20

Solo practice in a helicopter is restricted to more or less pounding the pattern.

Rotorcraft Rookie: Robinson factory tour

Rotorcraft Rookie | 2014, 03 13

Touring an aircraft factory is the only way to see everything that goes into your flying machine.

Rotorcraft Rookie: First solo

Rotorcraft Rookie | 2014, 03 03

Can there be such a thing as a second first solo? A fixed-wing pilot tests the theory in a helicopter.

Rotorcraft Rookie: Advanced autorotations

Rotorcraft Rookie | 2014, 02 20

One second in a Robinson R22 could mean the difference between life and death.