Questions tagged [helicopter]

A helicopter is a type of rotorcraft in which lift and thrust are supplied by rotors. This allows the helicopter to take off and land vertically, to hover, and to fly forward, backward, and laterally. These attributes allow helicopters to be used in congested or isolated areas where fixed-wing aircraft would usually not be able to take off or land.

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Helicopters at airports [on hold]

We were waiting for a take off slot at Dubrovnik airport yesterday. When the plane turned and entered the queue of passenger planes I noticed a helicopter hovering low in front of our plane. Any idea ...
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What student loans are available to get pilots licenses faster? [on hold]

I would like to know what all could I use a student loan and/or Pell Grant for getting rated and license to fly commercially? What is the fastest can anyone get rated on fixed wing or rotor if money ...
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Why haven't helicopter CAT III procedures ever been developed?

Why is there no helicopter equivalent to air transport CAT III ILS? This PPrUNe thread discusses that some helicopter manufacturers have tested coupled approaches down to very low visibility minima (...
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Do helicopters need a class B entry clearance when air / hover taxiing?

You're a helicopter pilot at a class B airport. You'd like to taxi to another parking spot. The ground controller could either give you a hover taxi clearance or an air taxi clearance, depending on ...
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Could this helicopter's body be a flying wing?

This question: Could a helicopter fly like a plane this way? asks if a helicopter can turn sideways using additional wings to tip forward to allow the rotor blades to act as a propeller. The tail-...
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How Helicopters Change Attitude (Gyroscopic Precession or Thrust Vector Tilt)

I am trying to determine how helicopters pitch and roll (i.e. change attitude). I have heard two explanations. 1) Pitch/roll change is achieved by tilting the tip path plane and therefor tilting the ...
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How does this RC helicopter keep itself upright?

I have this (cheap, beginner-level) RC helicopter: It has 3 controls: one for climbing and descending (collective throttle), one for yawing (differential throttle), and one for pitching (the tail ...
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Would a Chinook helicopter fly better with contra-rotating along with counter-rotating propellers?

Would a Chinook perform better or have any advantage with dual contra-rotating propellers over a Chinook with just normal counter-rotating propellers?
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Could a helicopter fly like a plane this way?

Could a wing be added to a helicopter to allow the entire craft to tip 90 degrees forward allowing it to fly faster like a plane using a fixed wing and leaning into the wing for lift? I understand ...
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What are the fatigue regulations in the US and Australia for military transport helicopters/rotorcraft?

For transport category military helicopters, what are the fatigue regulations as specified by the US and Australian regulatory bodies? I've managed to find that FAA has FAR 29.571 (US) but this ...
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Are there any helicopter blades that fold in the middle?

Let's assume that, for some arbitrary reason, helicopter blades are too long for transport or storage. Folding them at the rotor hub, as is done with conventional folding helicopter blades, would ...
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Under what conditions would a helicopter be allowed to fly at low altitude over populated areas?

Yesterday, the Department of Energy was flying a military helicopter at low altitudes over Boston and the surrounding area as part of an experiment of some type to measure radiation. I saw one of ...
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Phoenix Area Helicopter ATC: What is “Hee-lah” (Gila?) One, and what is the 101 transition?

I've been listening to the Phoenix Tower LiveATC feed, and I hear references to "Hee-lah" (Gila?) One and the 101 transition with helicopters (see audio files below): Angel-Five TV-3 TV-15 Does ...
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What is the inner dashed line on this helicopter chart?

Inside the delta for KSGR is another blue dashed circle. What is this?
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Why do some helicopters have wheels instead of skids?

I have noticed that Black Hawk helicopters have tires, but I have not seen one take off like a plane. When would a helicopter need to use a running take off or landing? When is it determined ...
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What helicopter has the most rotor blades?

I have seen 2 rotor blades up to many and wonder when does having more rotor blades become less efficient? What helicopter has the most rotor blades? Related: Why don't helicopters prefer shorter ...
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What is the definition of “airport boundary”?

While flying in to KBTR in a helicopter, I called tower and stated “10 west, landing south ramp with information Mike”. They responded “proceed to the airport boundary”. When I was closer I got the ...
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Does shutting down the engine affect the rate of rotation during autorotation?

If a helicopter's tail rotor shears off while flying then the helicopter's fuselage will start rotating in the direction opposite to the main rotor's rotation direction. During autorotation, if I ...
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What's the difference between feathering, and flapping in a helicopter?

Aren't both methods used to increase angle-of-attack (AoA)? Blade flapping will change the blades level, while feathering will change the pitch, but if both increase AoA why not just use one method?
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Helicopter tail horizontal stabilizer angle

In helicopters what factors decide the horizontal tail stabilizer angle? By angle I mean that in some helicopter they are -6 deg relative to tail boom while in some -3 deg. These angle were remain ...
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Are there any helicopters with ejection seats?

Are there any helicopters with ejection seats? If so, how is the clearance problem with the rotating blades solved?
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Why is *vertical* autorotation in a helicopter not recommended?

Helicopters can autorotate back to earth in case of emergency. The FAA recommends a flight profile similar to the following procedure: Notice that in section (2) there is forward speed: vertical ...
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How is it safe for helicopters and Ospreys to refuel in mid-air?

How do military helicopters like the Blackhawk and CH-53, as well as the V-22 Osprey, perform mid-air refueling without their rotor blades (periodically and accidentally) contacting the drogue or fuel ...
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How low can a helicopter fly above a residence if the helicopter is an air ambulance landing?

Two medical helicopters just located directly across the street from my home. Their landing pad is less than 500 feet from my property. When they land, the helicopter is only 100 to 200 feet above ...
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Can a helicopter mask itself from radar?

I have read somewhere that if a helicopter is traveling under 100 km/h and below 5 meters AGL then most radars will ignore it. From what I understand of this process, the radars can pick up things ...
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Why is the planned Kingdom Tower Skydeck unsuitable for use as a helipad?

Why is the planned Kingdom Tower Skydeck unsuitable for use as a helipad? Originally the skydeck was supposed to be a helipad, but this idea was subsequently rejected and the feature was repurposed as ...
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What are the guidelines and regulations for building a helipad for multiple aircraft?

Are there any guidelines and regulations governing the ownership and construction of a multiple aircraft type helipad in a) the USA b) Europe?
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Are there any problems opening a helipad close to an airport?

I am looking at the possibility of installing a helipad at my house which is within 1.5 miles of a Class D airport. The location is not in the approach to any of the runways, however. I am not a ...
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What are the differences between PC and professional simulators?

It looks like there are a differences between the models used in the schools and the simulators you can run in a PC . I'm curious to know the differences and price of both type of simulators. I ...
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If a helicopter's tail rotor fails, is it possible to perform an emergency landing?

In the event of a total failure of the tail rotor, is it possible to maneuver a helicopter to an emergency landing spot that is within, say, 30 minutes flying time? What are the maneuvers required ...
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Why does the US Marines continue to fly the AH-1 Cobra, retired by the US Army in the late 90s?

My father flew Bell AH-1 Cobra for the United States Army in the late 1970s and a young man in my daughter's USN winging class (July 2017) was being assigned to Camp Pendleton to fly Cobra's for the ...
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How is rotor pitch best managed in helicopter autorotation?

In a recent stack exchange question writers were comparing autorotation to an aircraft engine out rotation prop when something rather startling occured to me: In an engine out the airflow will ...
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Why does an increase of airspeed result in a decrease of angle of attack?

In Chapter 02: Aerodynamics of Flight of Helicopter Flying Handbook, on page 10, it says: Induced flow velocity is increased, resulting in a decrease in AOA. I don't understand how airspeed can ...
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What is the bend in the tip of the blade of the new Black Hawk?

The newer Black Hawks have this angle added to the end of their rotor blades. What is it for? How does it increase or decrease performance? Could this be used on airplane propellers? (...
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Can the Apache detect infrared (IR) lock?

Can the Apache, regardless if it's the AH-64E/D (US) or AH1 Longbow (UK), detect IR lock? I am aware that the Wildcat AH1, Merlin HC3/4 and AH1 Longbow share the same defensive systems that can ...
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How useful is skyscrapers and high buildings lighting to get a visual reference for pilots by night? (not obstruction lights, just general lights)

I would like to know how useful is skyscrapers and high buildings lighting to get a visual reference for helicopter and small planes pilots by night in cities like New York. This is different from ...
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Do Military Turboshaft engines have a distinctly different sound from Civilian ones?

I live in India, and near an airbase so there are a moderate amount of helicopters flying overhead. My friend claims that he can distinguish between a civilian helicopter or a military one based on ...
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Has a small airplane ever been air launched from a heavy-lift helicopter?

I would like to know if a small airplane, like a Cessna, has ever been air launched from a heavy-lift helicopter, perhaps as a stunt or as an aviation experiment? I think it would have been a simple ...
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Do helicopters need to use yaw pedals to fly a coordinated turn?

I recall years ago, when I took a helicopter tour, I noted the pilot simply moved the cyclic left or right to bank the helicopter and initiate a turn. No pedal input was made whatsoever, and the ride ...
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What type of aircraft would fly with an orange light at night?

I know planes usually fly with red lights which seem small in the sky, but last night i saw a bright orange blinking light traveling through the sky; it was bigger then a star but was orange. I ...
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Who controls airspace and time in my area on helicopters?

I live in Newport Beach which is located in Orange County, California. I recently moved to an area where helicopters fly once in a while at 2-3 am above my house. Since I live on a hill, the sound is ...
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What are the limitations to adding wings with engines to a helicopter?

I've probably seen this in science fiction and cartoons but never in real life. Rotor wing aircraft (helicopters) have numerous advantages over their fixed wing counterparts, and vice versa. For ...
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Why would a helicopter hold a 'nose-up' in hover?

(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 ...
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What's parked in Mil Moscow helicopter plant?

This answer has a photo of a Mil Mi-26 that I felt in love with, so I looked in Wikipedia and learned it's the largest production helicopter, second only to Mil V-12 that flew as a prototype. In turn,...
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What is the definining line between a helicopter and a drone a person can ride in?

When I say drone in this context I don't mean an unmanned aircraft. I'm not sure what the terminology of a drone that has been adapted to carry a person? Is this picture below considered a helicopter ...
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Why in helicopter autorotation phase the opposing torque is eliminated?

As you many know, according to Newton's 3rd law for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, as the main rotor of a helicopter turns in one direction, the fuselage tends to rotate in ...
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How does a circulation control helicopter work

This essay describes that this helicopter uses circulation control of the rotor for cyclic and collective control, but not how circulation control works. https://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs....
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Can I save money on becoming a helicopter pilot in the US if I do flight hours in Mexico?

Flight hours costs approximately $285 per hour. Below is a screenshot from a local (Newport Beach, CA) school regarding what it takes to become a private pilot. So I was hoping that maybe there ...
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Can you help me ID these two helicopters?

Hey folks! Desperate to find what these two helicopters are. Any help greatly appreciated!! A
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Why is the rotor system of an aircraft and the rotor system of a helicopter different? [closed]

Both aircraft with propeller(variable pitch) and helicopter rotor system can change pitch. Of course, for helicopter, there is not only collective pitch control but also cyclic control. The aircraft ...