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Fun Helicopter and Airplane Facts for Aiea, HI
For pilots of Robinson helicopters, the FAA imposes an additional range of training and recurrent training requirements via \SFAR 73 to Part 61\ which was written into the law on February 23 1995 after a rash of accidents involving Robinson helicopters and three special certification reviews by the FAA (source: National Transportation Safety Board Special Investigation Report PB96-917003 NTSB/SIR-96/03Robinson Helicopter Company R22 Loss of Main Rotor Control Accidents).
Post World War Pilot Training: At Randolph the course was divided into three stages: H-13, H-19 and H-21 with 30 hours in each aircraft. In January 1958 ATC added a fourth phase, an operational or combat crew-training phase which was conducted at Stead AFB, Reno, Nevada. Stead would allow realistic desert, water, snow, mountainous, and high altitude training as well as collateral training with Air Training Command's survival school.
Helicopter Factoid for Aiea, HI
Helicopters that are simultaneously moving slowly and descending are subject to a hazardous condition known as \settling with power or vortex ring state. The helicopter sinks into its own previously disturbed air and the result is a dramatic increase in descent rate that cannot be arrested by adding collective pitch and engine power.