The book seems to be widely acclaimed as the definitive aeronautical handbook essential to anyone studying for their PPL or CPL (H). If you have ever had problems really understanding the physics of rotorcraft flight this book will simplify and explain where others fail to do so. Saying that, it is by no means light weight. It goes into as much detail as you could ever need for passing exams and gaining a deep understanding of what governs the flight characteristics of helicopters. It probably needs to be seen as an essential accompaniment to other more practical books on learning to fly helicopters. It provides the 'why' more than the 'how' but saying that there are some practical gems that may just save your life. An essential for anyone learning to fly or hoping to improve their flight knowledge. You will keep it forever and probably find yourself dipping back into it throughout your career.
This book is the technical bible for aspiring helicopter pilots. It is essential reading for pilots studying for either a private or commercial helicopter pilot's license. It goes into more detail than any similar book, and the material is explained in a clear manner. Although the detail is more than would be required to pass a private helicopter license technical exam, the extra information presented is still useful and informative.
To sum up, if you want to to learn to fly a helicopter, read this book. The book won't just help you gain your license - one day it may save your life.
I used this book to study for my PPL(H) exams - both technical and performance and planning, but there is a greater detail provided in the book than is required by these exams. It would probably be suitable for CPL exams too. The author tries to make this fairly technical topic accessible to those who don't have a background in physics. This is helped by the authors own background. It is apparent that he learnt the physics involved with helicopter flight whilst learning to fly. Unfortunately whilst this is a boon for clear explanation it does mean there are some basic mistakes that occur in this book - thankfully they are few. The book covers the obvious topics - how a helicopter actually flies, but also some less expected ones - for example, mountain flying. I would recommend this book to anyone thinking of studying for their PPL(H) exams and also to those just curious about the details of how a helicopter manages to stay in the air. There is nothing more complex than GCSE physics involved.
The topics covered in this book are very broad and very complex, but the author manages to put these subjects across in a way that is understandable by most people.
The book starts with the basics of aerodynamic forces and builds on that knowledge and covers almost everything that the budding helo pilot needs to know. Every section is accompanied by clear graphs and diagrams where required - although a bit of colour would have helped some of the diagrams to be a little easier to understand (but increased the price accordingly).
Few people will need to know more about the forces acting on a helicopter during flight, or find the subject laid out in such a clear and concise manner.
This book has all the required material for 2 ground exams - Principles of flight and Performance. I would strongly advise any trainee pilots to purchase this book to help with their flying and theory.