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Interesting Helicopter and Fixed-wing Facts for Corona, CA

The correct glide angle in order to maintain optimal rotor RPM varies with the different helicopter designs, and can be found in the helicopters manual. The glide angle also varies based on weather conditions (wind, temperature, etc.), weight, altitude, and airspeed, but in all cases a correct glide angle has the effect of producing an upward flow of air that will spin the main rotor at some optimal RPM, storing kinetic energy in the blades.

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The Aero HC-2 Heli Baby is a two-seat light general-purpose utility helicopter designed by engineer Jaroslav Slechta and produced by the Czechoslovakian company Aero Vodochody in the 1950s. It has a three-bladed main rotor and a two-bladed tail rotor. The helicopter has an entirely metal frame and cockpit and windows made of Plexiglas. It was the first Czechoslovakian-designed helicopter to be produced. Construction of the prototype began in 1951 and testing commenced in 1954. The first flight occurred on December 3 1954 and the public was introduced to the helicopter in 1955 at the Brno Industries Fair. Production was slated to begin in 1957 however engine problems delayed it. The initial batch produced 200 of these helicopters. The Czechoslovakian Air Force was a user of the HC-2 as was the Czechoslovak People's Army. The Heli Baby is capable of carrying a pilot and 220 pounds of cargo 62 miles in one hour while using 4.85 gallons of fuel. In 195 it was one of the world's lightest two-seated helicopters.