Exercise 3: Air experience/Introductory flight


In this lesson, the student will be exposed to the procedures involved in a typical training flight.

LESSON CONTENT (Instruction):


  1. Reaffirm lesson one and two, talk the student through the preflight preparation and sign out procedures
  2. When waking to the aircraft, discuss various aspects immediately surrounding the aircraft, note the wind direction by reference to the windsock and plan the departure procedure from the helipad.
  3. Assisted by the checklist, monitor and guide the student’s preflight inspection
  4. Begin pre-startup, start up and pre-take off checks allowing the student use of the checklist and pointing out any other important information
  5. Give the student advance notice on what to expect, audibly, visually and sensationally so they are not caught by surprise
  6. Talk the student through every action, explain who it is you’re talking to and why, what information you need to communicate to the Air Traffic Controller, and what information you can anticipate to receive back from them
  7. Point out airspace boundaries, reference points and procedures that they will be exposed to later on in the syllabus
  8. When the cockpit demand and work load has been reduced, begin explaining each flight control in isolation
  9. From a steady state of flight, give the student the opportunity to feel the flight controls by first handing them the cyclic, staying close on the control at all times
  10. Talk them through the control effect and necessity for smooth, small pressure inputs
  11. Once they’re comfortable with the Cyclic, ask them to place hands and feet on all controls and to follow you on the controls
  12. Talk them through any other flight maneuvers such as climbing and descending and how we go about making control changes, introduce them to various aircraft instruments and how information is to be extracted from them
  13. Be careful not to overwhelm the student and “throw them in the deep end” unnecessarily



At the completion of this lesson, the student will have a better understanding of airborne procedures and the flying environment. Under the guidance of the instructor they will be able to sign out the relevant authorization sheets, confirm that the helicopter is within maintenance inspection interval, express certain considerations and risk mitigation solutions in the immediate helicopter environment, use checklists to conduct a preflight inspection, start the engine, and shutdown. Conduct a post flight inspection; sign the authorization sheet and flight folio. Complete a logbook entry and sign student training file entry.

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