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Fun Helicopter and Airplane Facts for Waikele, HI
A depressing number of helicopter accidents occur before the helicopter has left the ground. It is difficult to restart a hot jet engine and therefore many times people are loaded or unloaded while the blades are spinning. This can lead to fatal encounters with main and tail rotors.
Aviation Training History and Facts for Waikele, HI
Designed as a rich guy's transportation helicopter, the Robinson R22 quickly became instead the world's most popular training helicopter. It also happens to be one of the most dangerous machines in which to train. Why? Much of helicopter training is practicing autorotations, in which the engine is twisted toward idle and the helicopter glides toward the ground. This maneuver requires the student to adjust the collective pitch control to maintain rotor RPM within safe limits.