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Principles of Helicopter Flight 2nd Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 55 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1560276494
ISBN-10: 1560276495
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About the Author

W. J. Wagtendonk is a retired flight instructor and a former pilot in the Royal New Zealand Air Force. He is the founder of the Nelson Aviation College in Motueka, New Zealand, the first flight school approved to conduct both fixed-wing and helicopter courses.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Aviation Supplies and Academics, Inc.; 2nd edition (July 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560276495
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560276494
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.8 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Matthew J. Unger on April 5, 2005
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This is NOT a flight instruction book, and is quite heavy reading. It requires a basic understanding of physics and mathematics in order to comprehend the descriptions and explanations. With that said, this is a must-have book for all aspiring rotorheads!

This book is a terrific technical manual regarding the physics behind rotary-winged flight. It explains through diagrams and mathematical formulae both how and why helicopters fly. I highly recommend this book to anyone who really wants an understanding of rotary-winged flight, and to student helicopter pilots, as knowing the WHY is just as important as the HOW of flying.
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Having just completed my CPL (rotor) examinations, I must say it was great to have a book that was easy to understand & supplied me with the answers as they arose in the practical flying hours thereafter.I am sure that anyone who reads the book from cover to cover afew times would have a very good understanding of the complexities involved in the world of rotorary-winged craft.Thank you Walter.
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There's not many textbooks on helicopter aerodynamics for student pilots( private and commercial alike). And having used it to prepare for my license I have found that there's no one better on the market.
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This is an excellent book for the beginning pilot. You DO NOT need to have a prior knowledge of physics to understand this book. If you can read and follow diagrams, you can understand the book. The text is clear and concise as are the diagrams. It gives you a full and thorough understanding of a very complex machine.

If you have a hard time understanding this book you may want to reconsider piloting a helicopter.
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By A Customer on October 22, 2003
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This is a good book for anyone wanting to become familiar with the in depth "nuts and bolts" of helicopter flight. It may be a little too complex for someone who is just tring to learn the basics of how a helicopter flies. The book tends to assume that some of the scientific principles are generally understood by all readers. In my opinion, not a good first book.
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I purchased this book as an optional book for a helicopter theory class, knowing nothing about helicopters going into the class. Since, I have found this book an essential read to supplement the FAA's rotorcraft flying handbook. Principles of Helicopter Flight delves deep into the theory of helicopter operation more than the FAA version, with chapters broken up well for each subject. It also follows a very logical, simple format so that people not familiar with basic physics concepts can pick up the book and learn everything they need to know. Overall, it is the perfect text for new pilots and veterans alike. Engineers will have to use it only as reference, as it does not delve too deep into the equations of flight theory and aerodynamics.Principles of Helicopter Flight
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I fly radio controlled helicopters and wanted to understand the principles of flight plus some flight characteristics that baffled me. The combination of clear explanations of flight behavior and excellent graphics make this book an excellent choice. The physics that underlie the performance of a helicopter are covered in just the right level of detail. The reaction to various control inputs and the various mechanisms that provide those inputs are thoroughly explained and are accompanied by excellent drawings and graphs. No matter what size of helicopter you fly, this book will help you understand why a helicopter performs as it does.
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I purchased this book because I needed another study guide for the AFAST exam. The explanations, diagrams and glossary words were key for me. Anyone with moderate knowledge of physics shouldn't have any issue with this book. After talking to several helicopter pilots I do feel that some things were left out of the book, but overall this book is excellent for getting familarized with basic helicopter principles.
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