Hovering—Forward Flight

in Basic Flight Maneuvers

Forward hovering flight is normally used to move a helicopter to a specific location, and it may begin from a stationary hover. During the maneuver, constant groundspeed, altitude, and heading should be maintained.

Technique


Before starting, pick out two references directly in front and in line with the helicopter. These reference points should be kept in line throughout the maneuver. [Figure 9-2]

Figure 9-2. To maintain a straight ground track, use two reference points in line and at some distance in front of the helicopter.

Figure 9-2. To maintain a straight ground track, use two reference points in line and at some distance in front of the helicopter.

Begin the maneuver from a normal hovering altitude by applying forward pressure on the cyclic. As movement begins, return the cyclic toward the neutral position to maintain low groundspeed—no faster than a brisk walk. Throughout the maneuver, maintain a constant groundspeed and path over the ground with the cyclic, a constant heading with the antitorque pedals, altitude with the collective, and the proper rpm with the throttle.

To stop the forward movement, apply rearward cyclic pressure until the helicopter stops. As forward motion stops, return the cyclic to the neutral position to prevent rearward movement. Forward movement can also be stopped by simply applying rearward pressure to level the helicopter and allowing it to drift to a stop.

Common Errors

  1. Exaggerated movement of the cyclic, resulting in erratic movement over the surface.
  2. Failure to use proper antitorque pedal control, resulting in excessive heading change.
  3. Failure to maintain desired hovering altitude.
  4. Failure to maintain proper rpm.
  5. Failure to maintain alignment with direction of travel

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