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R. Randall Padfield

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Book Description

1 Nov 2013

A comprehensive guide to helicopter flying and flighttraining for aspiring private or professional helicopterpilots--updated for the first time in 20 years!

Extensively revised to cover the latest industry advances, Learning to Fly Helicopters, Second Edition, provides details on the technical and practical aspects of rotarywing flight, guiding you from preflight preparation through postflight procedures and everything in between. Written in a conversational style, the book demystifies the art and science of helicopter flying. Real-world advice from the author and other pilots is included throughout.

This copiously illustrated, up-to-date edition features new information on glass cockpits, turbine engines, IFR flying, the latest FAA test standards for a privatehelicopter pilot certificate, emergency and safety procedures, how to choose a flight school, career opportunities, and more. Become a private or professional helicopter pilot with help from this trusted resource!

Learning to Fly Helicopters, Second Edition, covers:

  • Five myths about helicopters
  • Basic aerodynamics
  • Flight controls
  • Your first flight
  • Basic flight maneuvers
  • Learning to hover
  • Autorotations
  • Advanced maneuvers--with new material on hoisting,sling loads, and offshore operations
  • Emergencies
  • Hazards of low-level flying
  • Flight training tips--civil and military
  • Aircraft systems--with new information on glass cockpits and turbine engines
  • Private pilot practical test standards for helicopterpilots
  • The Ten Commandments for helicopter pilots
  • Weight and balance, passenger briefings, and hand signals
  • Employment opportunities
  • Human factors and safety
  • A flight to remember--lessons learned from the author's most stressful flight
  • Born-again copilots--when experienced captains fly theleft seat
  • Resources for helicopter pilots
  • Data on and photos of common civil helicopters
  • There but for the grace of God--real hangar stories astold by real pilots
  • Postflight

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R. Randall Padfield is Editor-in-Chief and VPO of AIN Publications. He is a rated airline transport pilot in helicopters and airplanes, flew missions as a U.S. Air Force HH-3E rescue pilot, and flew offshore helicopters to North Sea oil platforms and ships. Mr. Padfield has over 9,000 hours of flight time and is the author of four aviation books. In 1998 he was awarded the NBAA's Gold Wing Award for reporting excellence.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An up-to-date practical resource, well-written by an experienced helo pilot. A good read for those interested in aviation. 4 Dec 2013
By joe r bower - Published on Amazon.com
Helicopters seem to have a magnetic effect on many of those that have ridden in them, far different from riding in an airplane - instead of becoming "airsick" they look outside through large windows from lower altitudes and feel more like they are on a magic carpet. This book's well written 500+ pages of practical information is aimed at explaining and quantifying what it takes to become a helicopter pilot - either for personal use, or as a career.

The experienced author uses excellent examples to illustrate and practically explain basic helicopter aerodynamics. A variety of helicopter models are discussed, and differences delineated amongst them. Various flight training options are described - both at military and civilian flight schools, and associated costs.

An important section of the book relates currently working professional male and female helicopter pilots, written in their own words, describing what they did for training, and what they now do in their work as a career helicopter pilot. The book helps establish an excellent frame of reference if you would like to become a helicopter pilot.

The author has a rare beneficial mix of military helicopter training and flying, civilian large helicopter flying experience in the North Sea, and years of journalistic experience in aviation, keeping abreast of industry changes. The result is a pleasurable and informative read.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Updated and Expanded 5 Dec 2013
By Try Out - Published on Amazon.com
R. Randall Padfield has made an informative book better with the second edition of Learning to Fly Helicopters. He's updated critical sections pertaining to helicopter instrumentation, experimental helicopters and more.

What I enjoyed most about the book is that it does not read the way a typical aeronautical handbook would. Oh, there is plenty of information about how helicopters work, engines, gearboxes, swashplates, tailrotors and all that. But there is more about what it is like to fly helicopters in both military and civilian applications. The author stretches beyond his own authoritative voice and interviews a dozen or more men and women who are working as helicopter pilots today. They tell him why and how they became the pilots they are, and these interviews essentially provide a roadmap for aspiring helicopter pilots to follow to their future in the industry.

There are plenty of good technical aeronautical handbooks that delineate the parts of a helicopter and the physics of how helicopters fly. This book can help you to figure out if you want to be a helicopter pilot.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for any current, future helicopter pilot or helicopter enthusiast! 2 Jan 2014
By Thomas Dolan - Published on Amazon.com
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Let me first state I am not one for reading too much, other than dry and boring FAA rules and regulations, that is probably why at 53 years old I still have perfect vision.

With that said, I admired how the first chapter cleared up several misconceptions about helicopters that I had before beginning my helicopter flight training so long ago which would have put my mind to ease if I knew these facts before I started. The remainder of the first part of this book was devoted all that encompasses helicopter flight training, however it is written like you are sitting with Randy Padfield as he is explaining through own experience from his countless hours in the right seat, making the words and pages flow by smoothly and easily while retaining his advice, tips and expertise. This section will also assist a seasoned veteran of this exhilarating profession in a quick brush-up for any bi-annual flight review or check-ride that he or she might be getting up to speed for.

The second part of "Learning to Fly Helicopters" was definitely very informative and revealing in type of careers, human factors as well as the immensely important factor of safety when becoming a part or already in the rotory wing community of pilots. As a pilot you will never know or even think you should know everything about aviation. A good pilot is always learning and wanting to do so to make him or herself and the others safer flying in the airspace around them. Through experiences and commentaries of fellow pilots (along with a few from me that I was graciously included within along with some other pilots that I have had the pleasure of meeting through my career) in this book have had help gained insight into other aspects of flying and safety that I had not already known.

All in all well written and extremely enjoyable. It will be a great addition to any pilots library or gift for one considering this path in their journey in life.
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the author's skill in de-mystifying some of the physics ... 8 Aug 2014
By Rotarially challenged - Published on Amazon.com
FIRST OF ALL LET ME BE CLEAR; I HAVE NO INTENTION WHATEVER OF LEARNING TO FLY A HELICOPTER. I confess however that the damn things fascinate me. I have flown in them, true, and I have also flown in the co-pilot's seat in small fixed wing aircraft. I have endured serious turbulence in the latter and managed somehow to avoid major gastroenterological events, though I do recall at the time having an intense and very high level mid-flight conversation with God.

I enjoyed the author's skill in de-mystifying some of the physics and the constituent pieces of instruction. That I choose to remain mystified has nothing to do with the author's competence but rather with my mindset concerning things I prefer to identify as magic. Actually I am always impressed when something technical is translated with clear facility so that those of us that are technologically challenged can still gain sufficient appreciation of what is involved.

I also suspect that next time I choose to fly in a helicopter I will astound the pilot with my keen observations and startlingly astute grasp of all things rotary.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great helicopter book for the student pilot 8 May 2014
By Domenic - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great book for the student pilot. There are some passages that can be long winded in story telling but the points are always great to know. This book is more about practical flying vs theoretical.

There are some technical sections but if you're looking for more of an aeronautical manual, get the FAA helicopter book.
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