Fatal Traps for Helicopter Pilots

Paperback | December 20, 2006

byGreg Whyte

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Acquire the Life-Saving Skills Needed to Eliminate or Reduce Most Helicopter Accidents

A vital resource for pilots, helicopter enthusiasts, and aircraft maintenance technicians, Fatal Traps for Helicopter Pilots analyzes all aspects of helicopter accidents, including flight basics, engineering, meteorology, flight training, and human factors. This life-saving guide shows how proper preparation can help prevent accidents by addressing causes such as aerodynamic problems, mechanical failures, poor loading, mid-air collisions, and more.

Filled with case studies and first-hand accounts of accidents, the book organizes accident types by primary causes, presenting proven methods for eliminating or reducing the possibility of each type. Greg Whyte, an ex commercial helicopter pilot and professional aviation writer, draws on his own flying experiences and those of other flight veterans to provide a wealth of practical information and safety tips that are essential for everyone who flies, maintains or crews in helicopters. Filled with over 100 helpful illustrations, Fatal Traps for Helicopter Pilots enables readers to:

  • Identify and address the common causes of helicopter accidents
  • Explore in-depth examples of accident scenarios
  • Examine the technical details of accident causes
  • Review case studies and first-hand accounts of accidents
  • Learn from the plain-English notes on avoidance and recovery

    Inside This Aviation Accident-Prevention Guide

    • Basic Flight Principles • Vortex Ring State • Recirculation • Ground Resonance • Retreating Blade Stall • Dynamic Rollover • Overpitching • Main Rotor Strikes • Mid-Air Collisions • Mast Bumping • Engine Failures • Tail Rotor Failures • Mechanical Failures • Fuel • Fire • Ditching • Loading Issues • Winching • Weather • Crew and Pre-flight Hazards • Human Factors • Training Mishaps

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Acquire the Life-Saving Skills Needed to Eliminate or Reduce Most Helicopter Accidents A vital resource for pilots, helicopter enthusiasts, and aircraft maintenance technicians, Fatal Traps for Helicopter Pilots analyzes all aspects of helicopter accidents, including flight basics, engineering, meteorology, flight training, and hum...

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ACQUIRE THE LIFE-SAVING SKILLS NEEDED TO ELIMINATE OR REDUCE MOST HELICOPTER ACCIDENTSA vital resource for pilots, helicopter enthusiasts, and aircraft maintenance technicians, Fatal Traps for Helicopter Pilots analyzes all aspects of helicopter accidents, including flight basics, engineering, meteorology, flight training, and human fa...

Greg Whyte is an ex-helicopter pilot and professional aviation writer.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:395 pages, 8.9 × 5.9 × 0.85 inPublished:December 20, 2006Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0071488308

ISBN - 13:9780071488303

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Foreword

Introduction

Chapter 1. Basic Flight Principles

Chapter 2. Vortex Ring State

Chapter 3. Recirculation

Chapter 4. Ground Resonance

Chapter 5. Retreating Blade Stall

Chapter 6. Dynamic Rollover

Chapter 7. Overpitching

Chapter 8. Main Rotor Strikes

Chapter 9. Mid-Air Collisions

Chapter 10.Mast Bumping

Chapter 11.Engine Failures

Chapter 12. Tail Rotor Failures

Chapter 13.Mechanical Failures

Chapter 14.Fuel

Chapter 15.Fire

Chapter 16.Ditching

Chapter 17.Loading Issues

Chapter 18.Winching

Chapter 19.Weather

Chapter 20.Crew and Pre-flight Hazards

Chapter 21.Human Factors

Chapter 22.Training Mishaps

Further Reading

Index