Helicopter Descent[PDF]

Introduction

In a straight and level flight the collective is the first flight instrument which will make the helicopter descend
As always with flight instruments, never increase the collective abruptly but apply smooth movements

In practice

To establish a normal descent from straight-and-level flight at cruising airspeed:

Lower the collective pitch control
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Increase right antitorque pedal pressure to maintain heading
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Simultaneously apply the necessary cyclic pressure to control the airspeed.
Usually the cyclic has to be pulled
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Never push down the cyclic abruptly to make the helicopter descend

Nose-up attitude

Note that a helicopter can descend with a nose-up attitude.

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See also

Reference

  • FAA helicopter Flying Handbook
  • Rotorcraft Flying Handbook

Author

  • VID 514786 - Creation

DATE OF SUBMISSION

  • 12:48, 23 February 2021

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  • The content of this documentation is intended for aviation simulation only and must not be used for real aviation operations.