Autorotation

The ability to perform an autorotational landing is by far the most important skill set a pilot of a single engine helicopter can have. It is also the maneuver that has the lowest proficiency level throughout the industry.

Most companies have come to realize that having their instructor pilots teach full down autorotations once a year puts two pilots in a helicopter with neither proficient in the maneuver. So instead, they opt for power recovery autorotational training thinking that this will teach the maneuver without putting the aircraft at risk.

The reality of power recovery autorotational training is that it can teach NR and speed control but will also condition the pilot, through muscle memory, to make the wrong control inputs at the landing phase of the maneuver. Because the pilot becomes accustomed to having lift from the engine at the bottom of the power recovery autorotation the normal reaction during an actual autorotation is to not pull sufficient collective before landing. This causes the aircraft to land at a severe rate of descent, which unfortunately can often be fatal.

With a EuroSafety instructor providing your autorotation training you have a pilot that is highly proficient in the maneuver and has performed thousands of successful autorotations without damaging a single aircraft. With your pilots having the skill sets necessary to successfully land the helicopter after an engine failure this not only ensures your pilot and passengers will live, but will also protect the company from potentially catastrophic fiscal litigation.

To enhance safety during the full down autorotational training and to reduce wear on the aircraft all full down maneuvers are conducted to a runway environment. This requires the helicopter to be equipped with carbide skid shoes. If the training aircraft is not equipped with these shoes ESI can provide a set, free of charge, during the training event.