how the fuck do people trust these things
you cant glide
if that engine stops working or rotor breaks you literally just fall and die
Sorry for the shit responses, I was hoping to see a bit more information rather than just baiting and shitposting. Anyways,
Autorotation is when the helicopter's engine no longer provides useful power or power at all, so the helicopter enters a maneuver where the motion of the free-stream air essentially windmills the rotor blades, keeping the helicopter in a controlled descent. All flight controls still work (i.e. cyclic, anti-torque, and collective), it just requires careful monitoring and management in order to keep the helicopter flying safely.
If the engine stops working, your rotors keep rotating as you drop, slowing the fall and keeping you in control.
If a rotor breaks, I am not sure. But what do you do in your airplane when the wing breaks?
It seems the odds of a rotor breaking for anything other than a collision are probably pretty small, speaking as a person who certainly does not know helicopters.
I sure hope your wrong but I fear you may not be too off mark.
Also you can perform a landing as smooth as with working engines if you let the helicopter descend pretty fast and then suddenly reduce rotor pitch. Much of the rotor speed is converted into forces that resist gravity in some way.
Increase rotor pitch. The purpose of the flare at the end of the auto is keep rotor RPM up by trading off airspeed. You increase pitch, which reduces RPM, but increases lift.
The idea is to keep RPM as long as possible until you can't keep it any longer, but by then you've traded enough of it for enough lift to cushion the landing.
You dumb cuck. Autorotation. You can plant a helicopter on a dime from 1000 ft, you can even do one backwards. With a good headwind I can take an r44 from 1000' over the threshold down to the numbers and softly land. An airplane needs a fuckin giant strip of clear open level ground to pull of an off airport landing.
There's a reason why they're not that widespread for actual transportation. But it's my understanding that as long as the controls still work, they have some ability to be safely flown using autorotation, similar to a gyrocopter.
They're not used for straight-up transportation as much because they burn fuel at an astonishing rate, can't fly as fast as a fixed-wing aircraft, and are higher maintenance, but they're just as safe. Hell, in a lot of terrain out there they're MORE safe; you don't need much more than a hundred square feet to make an autorotation with some wiggle room. Fuck, you don't need more than the area of your skids, if you're desperate.
You can do backwards autos all you want, I'll stick with 180s to go rearwards.
>Ten people died as a result of the accident: all three who were on board the helicopter and six on the ground, and another person died two weeks later from injuries received in the pub.
Cops Belljet used to do engine out, and "Battle landings,, next to the Track.,, Sunny day ,,nowind, comesin from high,,, and FAST!> FLAAAAIR!!!
,i could feel the Fibrations as the TailRotor DIGGGGS into the Ground!<TOO LOW FLAIR!
,,Rooster tail of debri asit dances, screws and flipson the Big Blades! WWWHOP!! WHOPACKA! WWWACRACK!
,,,,,,,,,lotsa Dust!, cops ok!, needs workon the landings.
,they made us give back our bits.