(The Grand Tour; episode 2) SAS unit fast roping from a Blackhawk.
Why is the helicopter pitched-up? Actual scene footage have it like that for a few seconds while holding steady over a building. How come it's not flying backward?
This screen grab is from a few seconds before yours was taken. No pitch is evident here.
Sketched above is rope angle and camera position (based on the staircase in both frames).
I think it's just the camera angle used that makes it look pitched combined with the rope's angle in the wind.
1) The 60 has a natural nose up, left wing down hover attitude. I want to say 3, and 1.5 degrees, but I'm going off memory. Given the angle of the shot, I would venture to say that it's more optical illusion of a excessive nose up angle than it actually is.
2) Given the nature of fastrope operations, and without opportunity to observe the video in entirety, it is possible the aircraft is still stabilizing its hover. I would guess that SAS guys are only going to wait around just as long as they need to before they're out of the bird. Or has already been suggested, gusting winds may be forcing the pilot to make adjustments since that building appears to be in a sort of valley which could make winds interesting.
When in forward flight, the rotor will be pitched down to convert some of the lift vector into forward motion. This also results in the fuselage of the helicopter pitching down. Therefore the fuselage is designed to be pitched up in a hover so that during forward flight it is level or close to level with the airstream for efficiency, and to maximimize pilot visibility to the front, and passenger comfort during the forward flight portion of a flight.
Just about every Helicopter has a forward tilt angle to the main rotor mast to allow for zero control force in forward cruise flight. Faster ships have a greater angle.