Tag Archives: helicopter

Just Remember….

In case of engine fire:    ENTER AUTOROTATION

If the “chip” light comes on:   LAND AS SOON AS PRACTICAL
If the “chip” light comes on and is associated with strange vibrations, noise, or control feedback:   LAND IMMEDIATELY

If the “clutch” light flickers or is steady for more than 7-8 seconds during flight:   PULL BREAKER SWITCH, LAND IMMEDIATELY

If the “alt” light comes on during flight:   TURN OFF ALL NONESSENTIAL ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT, CYCLE ALTERNATOR OFF/ON
If the “alt” light stays on:   LAND AS SOON AS PRACTICAL

An Update on Scholastic Progress

Well, as you may have inferrred by now, the final exam has come and gone, marking the end of private ground school.  I easily managed to get a 95% on the final (and 2nd midterm exam, by the way), so I’ve pretty-much got a 95% average for the class (not that it really means much, as long as I’m above the requisite 80%).  Simulator flights have been going well, putting me in the top tier–those ready to take on the real thing.  If all goes well with my checkride Thursday, I’ll be in N791SH (that’s our Robinson R22 helicopter) Friday afternoon, as scheduled.

Also, I need to take and ace 3 practice exams before I’m cleared to take the FAA written exam (I guess I should get started on those as well), as I will need to pass that to get my private rotorcraft rating.  Then, all I really have to do is start building hours (50 before the private checkride and start of instrument class).

Also of note:  Friday will be my first flight–ever.  I’ve never flown commercially, for travel, or for any other purpose–so my first time flying will literally be my first time flying.  Yeah, I know….