Stuck Pedal

Addressing a fixed pitch in the tail rotor system is most often not an emergency that requires an immediate reaction from the pilot. This allows the pilot time to analyze the situation and make a plan of action for dealing with the issue.

Landing a helicopter with a fixed pitch tail rotor is a finesse maneuver that requires knowledge of the procedure and practice in its execution. The flight manual description for landing the helicopter with a stuck pedal is vague and requires interpretation. This has created a situation that has produced many different variants for this procedure, most of which work until the landing needs to be performed. Pilots discover that describing the landing portion without practicing it can have devastating consequences in the actual performance of the maneuver.

EuroSafety teaches the method for performing stuck pedal maneuvers which is utilized by the manufacture in France. This includes the final portion of the procedure which is taking the helicopter to the ground.