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What Is Over-pitching? Overpitching occurs when you demand too much power from the engine and a drop in Rotor RPM (RRPM) occurs. When you keep raising the collective lever without any consideration for power limitations; you are increasing the pitch angle of the main rotor blades. As the pitch angle is increased, drag is also […]

Basic Autorotations

During your helicopter training, you will eventually have to learn how to glide the helicopter in unpowered flight. All helicopters can glide. We call it “autorotation“. We practice autorotations so much in the course of training that they become a part of normal helicopter flight. But do not think that autorotations are common in real […]

EASA Air Law For The PPL

Updated on September 24, 2016 Under EASA regulations, the syllabus for the Air Law theory for PPL students has changed considerably. All of these changes have required Approved Training Organisations to rewrite their training material. To date, there are no books to teach the new EASA regulations in Ireland. For this reason, I have written […]

How to Progress Your Career

Updated on 24th September, 2016 Introduction Almost invariably I get asked the same questions on every course that I teach. When I run a commercial course, the CPL students will at some stage, almost always ask me “What do I have to do to get ahead in the helicopter industry?” or words to that effect. […]