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New Helicopter Pilot Training Facts: When the engine quits during a hover, the pilot needs to make three control inputs. The right pedal is pressed forward to reduce tail rotor thruSt Now that the engine isn't running, you don't need all of that anti-torque. The cyclic is pressed slightly right to return it to a neutral position. An American helicopter has a tendency to drift right in a hover, which means that a pilot has to hold a slight left cyclic input to keep the helicopter stationary. (The cause of the drift is tail rotor thruSt) When the engine power is removed, leaving this input in will result in a left drift. Thus the need to pull the cyclic slightly right. The final required input is an upward pull of the collective, starting at about 1' from the ground. This cushions the impact.
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The Gadfly HDW.1 (also known as the Thruxton Gadfly) is a 1960s British two-seat cabin autogyro. The autogyro was designed by E. Smith and built by the Gadfly Aircraft Company Limited. It was of welded steel tube construction with a tricycle landing gear and powered by a 165hp (123kW) Rolls-Royce Continental IO-346-A inline piston engine driving a pusher propeller. It has a two-bladed rotor that could be engine-driven for starting. It was completed at Andover in 1967 and registered G-AVKE. The Gadfly is on display at The Helicopter Museum Weston-super-Mare.