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Questions tagged [tail-rotor]

The tail rotor is a smaller rotor mounted at the end of a helicopter's tail.

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Why is the UH-60 tail rotor canted?

The Sikorsky UH-60 (S-70) has a tail rotor that is canted 20 degrees upwards. Why is that? Picture source
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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 factors govern the placement of a helicopter's tail rotor (left or right)?

An image search for 'helicopter' indicates that there isn't a consensus on whether to place the tail rotor to the left or the right of the tail boom, although I'm believe there may be a bias for left. ...
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Can a helicopter fly without a tail rotor? [duplicate]

Just wondering if a helicopter can fly without a tail rotor?
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Why do No Tail Rotor (NOTAR) helicopters use an enclosed variable pitch fan?

Aerotécnica AC-14 was an early no tail rotor prototype which used the ducted exhaust from the turboshaft to counter the torque of the main rotor. The concept seems simple with few moving parts. It ...
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What are the benefits of a non-orthogonal (scissor) tail-rotor?

Why is the tail-rotor of some helicopters (e.g., Boeing AH-64 Apache) made of non-orthogonal (scissor) blades? What are the aerodynamic benefits (or any other benefits) compared to the orthogonal ...