Getting a helicopter today is easier than ever before. The quieter and high-tech engines, the advanced cockpits, and the efficient designs have made it easy to fly thousands of miles without any distractions and hassle. Let’s have a look at some valuable tips before chartering a chopper.
To Fly or Be flown: Understand the Rules
Make sure you have sufficient knowledge about the aviation rules of the State and have a Private Pilot license if you want to fly yourself. If you want to be flown your pilot-in-command is a trustworthy and reliable person as he is the decision-maker throughout the flight. He must determine the weather conditions and flight conditions before boarding. A small but sufficient pre-flight is necessary in this case. Secondly, the tendency of a helicopter can be evaluated by the number of flights it has taken. An older chopper would need extra service and maintenance and would require additional power to fly at high altitudes and in warm conditions. An all aware pilot must understand the copter so he can make sound decisions in the air.
Choose the best
Every chopper has a different design, model, and features. Some have a cabin separated to the seating area which is a better choice if you are being flown by a professional pilot, the other is Airbus, in which everyone sits together and it’s a preferable choice when you or someone in the friends or family are flying the chopper. Talking about the interior, the beige, cream, and black leather seats are most in-demand and are long-lasting. The flooring is of metal but can be carpeted if desired.
Pay Heed to the Engine
With every new day, there are lighter, more efficient, innovative, and more sleek designs coming in the market. But it’s the engine performance that matters the most. Earlier the gasoline engines were preferred but with time, the helicopters are using the high-tech gas turbine engines that are used in gigantic commercial flights.
Understand the Jargon
If you are piloting, make sure you understand the jargon to comprehend the helicopter settings and to make the communication easy in case of any emergency.
Avoid Silly Mistakes
The foremost reason that leads to aviation accidents is flying close to the ground. Strictly follow the altitude rules during the flight, scud running, and buzzing. Secondly, keep the landing lights on to avoid any bird strikes and a mid-air collision with other flying machinery. The right following of traffic patterns when it comes to altitude, approaches, autorotations, landings, and emergency procedures to enjoy a smooth ride.
Understanding the weather
This is the one thing that causes more than 50% of aviation accidents. An adept pilot would keenly observe the weather and wind conditions for a favorable experience. He will keep in contact with the meteorology course and broadcasts to detect the weather. While landing, he will pay heed to the windsock to evaluate the runway condition and his landing zone. At the off-airport landing, he will take nature’s cues to understand the wind direction.
Practice, Practice & Practice
Practice will make you perfect in all your actions. It will bring smoothness in your flight which is the key to safe and well-disposed flight. Never panic as it will make the situation worse. Practice will allow you to make small corrections and avoid silly mistakes. Plus rough experiences will help you be more decisive and skillful in your work. A minor scrap or a rough landing must not hinder your performance rather improve your skills. So never give up and seek remedial training for better performance.
Wherever there is a helipad and you have the permission to land, take your executive and luxury mode of transport and fly freely in the air. Make sure you carry the landing guide with you. All you have to do is to call them up and ask for permission. Some would allow you to land, some would charge a meager fee.