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Adding A Helicopter Rating: Getting To Know The Beast
I was bewildered during preflight and startup vaguely familiar but with way more steps that I didn’t fully understand couldn’t yet correlate.I was sure that once we got going got airborne I’d be at home. After all, I’d been flying airplanes for many years. This was my introductory flight lesson for the rotor wing add-on rating to my airplane pilot license. After start up and final systems checks—sitting on the ground with everything spinning, with what seemed to me like full power—we got ATIS. My instructor called the tower, asked for and got clearance to the cone (the cone?) and, with me loosely following on the controls, we levitated straight up 5 feet, stopped for a moment, then gently turned away from the asphalt and floated over mowed grass, as steady as a rock.
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