January 14, 2016| 275

Mixing Airplanes and Helicopters: Safe VFR Airport Operations in Class G

Wilson Gilliam, Jr. A small, white helicopter floats across the sky, practicing different types of approaches to the Class G airport in Virginia. The student pilot pulls the red trigger switch on the cyclic, still timid with inexperience. “ November 2045 Romeo turning right base, 28, Hampton Roads Airport. ” The pilot of an incoming twin engine airplane …

January 1, 2016| 641

When Was the First Helicopter Invented?

Anders Clark Flying has long been a dream of humankind . And surprisingly, for as long as we’ve dreamed of wings, and airplane style flight, we’ve also dreamed of rotor-based, or vertical flight. Centuries of study were poured into the subject of flight, but it wasn’t until a little over a century ago that the first helicopter lifte …

December 1, 2015| 307

How to Become a Helicopter Pilot

Learning to Fly Isn’t as Hard as You Think Wondering how to become a helicopter pilot ? The first steps to getting into a cockpit are clearly defined, and most people qualify to start training immediately . Here are the details you need to know. You’re watching the quintessential over-the-top car chase scene and the star is making a getaway so fa …

September 1, 2015| 244 0

The Cicare CH-12 Helicopter

The CICARE CH-12, is the latest offering from the Cicaré company . It is a two-seat light helicopter for civilian use that is sold as a kit. This product summarizes the experience of Augusto Cicaré and the creativity of an avant-garde design team . The result is an aesthetically stunning helicopter for both exterior and interior lines, an unprecedente …

May 12, 2015| 209 0

Enstrom TH180: Will it Compete with the Robinson R22?

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation has a new training aircraft called the TH180 but the company had been keeping the details of this new helicopter confidential until Heli Expo last March 2015. Could this helicopter, the Enstrom TH180, answer the call for a low-cost training alternative to the Robinson 22 , which is by far the most widely used helicopte …

April 6, 2015| 3 0

Mosquito Helicopter: How Low Can a Helicopter’s Cost Go?

For over twenty years, the Canadian geniuses  John Uptigrove and Dwight Junkin researched and then developed the Mosquito Helicopter. The helicopter’s innovative and simple design allows the aircraft to fly wherever it is needed for a fraction of the cost normally spent for corporate helicopters. The Mosquito is an affordable helicopter for pi …

March 22, 2015| 266 0

Edgley Optica: Will No One Save This One-Eyed Aircraft?

Designed and first flown in 1979 by British designer Edgley , the Edgley Optica is a beautiful but nearly extinct aircraft .  The Optica was produced in limited quantities in the 1980’s and targeted the gap in the aviation market for low cost, fixed-wing observation aircraft.  The idea was to replace helicopters in activities such as: aerial ph …

January 26, 2015| 194 0

Volocopter: The Worlds First Green Helicopter

The VC 200 is the world’s first green helicopter. E-volo introduces the VC200 Velocopter – the first Volocopter able to carry two passengers while powered by batteries. Exactly What is a Volocopter? The Volocopter is a different type of aircraft, an no category to fill.  Although the Velocopter is very similar to several different types of aircr …

July 12, 2013| 186 0

The EC145 Helicopter

The EC145 is a twin-engine light utility helicopter made by Airbus Helicopters. It was first flown in June of 1999, and has been in production since 2002. This helicopter can carry up to nine passengers and 2 crew members. This helicopter is used for such tasks as corporate transport, passenger transport, emergency medical services, search and resc …

June 24, 2012| 356 0

Cabri G2 Helicopter: Does it Compete with the Robinson R22?

The new Cabri G2 is a three blade rotor system that has an innovative design that some industry specialists say has the potential to compete with the Robinson R22 in the flight training aircraft market. The Cabri helicopter was made possible due to the genius of Bruno Guimbal, who was one of the key design engineers at Eurocopter. Bruno wanted to de …

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