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Fun Helicopter Facts for Homewood, AL

If you include military helicopters it is estimated that there are more than 45,000 operating worldwide.

That if the engine stops the helicopter rotor continues to spin allowing the machine to slowly land generally without crashing to the ground.

Fun Helicopter Facts for Homewood, AL

Helicopters can be flown across oceans if additional fuel is made available or in-flight refueling is employed.

As the helicopter approaches the ground, the pilot must then get rid of most of their forward motion and slow the decent using the stored up kinetic energy in the rotors. If done perfectly, the landing will be quite gentle. They accomplish this by executing a flare, pitching the nose up, at the right moment.

In fact, you have a better chance at surviving in a helicopter when the engine fails than you do in an airplane. Helicopters are designed specifically to allow pilots to have a reasonable chance of landing them safely in the case where the engine stops working during flight, often with no damage at all.