I’m confused in this accident why the Eurocopter EC135 pilot decided to manipulate the throttle after encountering wake turbulence - I can’t think of a reason for this. Could someone please explain why a pilot would do that?

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    $\begingroup$ I'm not sure anyone except the pilot themselves can talk about their motivation, but hopefully someone can talk to the procedures for dealing with wake turbulence in this type or similar. $\endgroup$ – Jamiec Sep 15 '20 at 7:57
  • $\begingroup$ It's possible that the pilot didn't decide to disable autothrottle, it could have been inadvertent. $\endgroup$ – GdD Sep 15 '20 at 8:12

It's the second sentence on the first page of the report:

He inadvertently rolled the throttles to manual, and never restabilized the engines or main rotor rpm.

Supplemented by (the next sentence):

In addition, he did not understand the reset procedures for the engine controls (FADEC), and never returned the engines to FADEC control.


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