When flying helicopters in the PC-based game Arma 3 (not a flight simulator), some of the cockpit have a large instrument panel directly in front of the pilot, obscuring the view of the ground ahead when flying low. However, the cockpit has excellent visibility to the sides.
One of the technique to achieve a precise landing is to land not forward, but sideways. For example, let's assume the pilot is seated on the right, and the helicopter is heading North and approaching a landing target from the South. When the helicopter is approximately 50 feet from the landing target, the pilot swings the helicopter to the left by applying left pedal, pointing the nose to West while keeping the helicopter travelling North. The pilot then completes the landing by looking to the right.
Is this technique valid in real world helicopters?