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Fun Helicopter and Airplane Facts for Enterprise, AL

Become a commercial helicopter pilot: Enroll in a college and earn a degree. Air ambulance companies wont employ you as a pilot unless you have at least two years, and a four-year degree is preferable. Choose a major such as math, physics, aeronautical engineering or English.

FAA - A History of Aircraft Structures Factoid

There are five major stresses to which all aircraft are subjected: Shear. Shear is the stress that resists the force tending to cause one layer of a material to slide over an adjacent layer. Two riveted plates in tension subject the rivets to a shearing force. Usually, the shearing strength of a material is either equal to or less than its tensile or compressive strength. Aircraft parts, especially screws, bolts, and rivets, are often subject to a shearing force.

More Fun Helicopter Facts for Enterprise, AL

The first practically successful rotorcraft (the Autogiro) was built by the Spanish engineer Juan de la Cierva, in the year 1923.

If he could design an aircraft in which lift and thrust (forward speed) were separate functions, Cierva speculated, he could circumvent this problem. The autogiro he subsequently invented incorporated features of both the helicopter and the airplane, although it resembled the latter more.