Fatal Traps for Helicopter Pilots

Fatal Traps for Helicopter Pilots

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It's no secret; helicopters have more accidents than aeroplanes. Why? Inherent instability, too many moving parts, harder to fly - who knows, maybe it's all of these things. But wouldn't it be great if we could make rotary wing flight safer! When pilot Greg Whyte found himself attending too many funerals of friends, each experienced pilots with many hours in the air, he asked himself 'why does this keep happening?' He decided to change the way people think about helicopter safety, and has written a book that does just that, with the help of Bernie Lewis, Steve Bone and Tom McCready. Fatal Traps for Helicopter Pilots lists all the hazards that lead to accidents, with case studies to illustrate each point and in-depth theory to commercial pilot standard. And perhaps most importantly, it includes practical notes on how to avoid the hazard or recover from it. This book is not just for student pilots - of the 70 case studies included in the book, fewer than 10 per cent of Pilots in Command had under 500 hours. One had 27,000. It's not inexperience that's the danger here; it's complacency!
This book will be essential for anyone interested in helicopters, from engineers to pilots, to model enthusiasts, to ground crew.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 395 pages
  • 160 x 230mm
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • b&w photos and diagrams
  • 0790008858
  • 9780790008851

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'This is compulsory reading for all helicopter pilots and passengers, as much can be learned from the mistakes of others. Most if not all helicopter accident types are in this well-researched book. Many of the aircraft accidents I attend as a rescue pilot have all happened previously to others. We need to use careful risk assessment and minimisation techniques to prevent reoccurrences in the future. This book highlights many examples of the risks that lie ahead for all helicopter pilots and passengers.' John Funnell, President Aviation Industry Association of New Zealand 'I would like to think that Fatal Traps for Helicopter Pilots is destined to become a well worn and dog-eared favourite in every helicopter training establishment and rotary pilot's bookshelf.' John Fogden, Manager Rotary Wing/Agricultural Ops NZ Civil Aviation Authority..
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