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How the Law of Primacy Wrecks Helicopter Pilot Confidence

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Autorotations Exposed: How the Law of Primacy Wrecks Pilot Confidence

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How the Law of Primacy Wrecks Helicopter Pilot Confidence

  1. 1. Presented to: HAI FIRC By: Jon Prater, Principal Operations Inspector, REACH CMT, OAKLAND FSDO Date: February 23-24, 2014 Federal Aviation AdministrationAutorotations Reality Exposed How the Law of Primacy Wrecks Pilot Confidence By: Dr. Steve Sparks
  2. 2. Federal Aviation Administration Autorotations For Official Use Only Overview • Perceptions, Startled Reflex and Cry Babies • Death Traps and Safety Nets • Sofas and Flight Training Devices • Tips for alleviating autorotation indigestion
  3. 3. Federal Aviation Administration Autorotations For Official Use Only Autorotations…why me?
  4. 4. Federal Aviation Administration Autorotations For Official Use Only
  5. 5. Federal Aviation Administration Autorotations For Official Use Only
  6. 6. Federal Aviation Administration Autorotations For Official Use Only
  7. 7. Federal Aviation Administration Autorotations For Official Use Only Training, studying & understanding, a pessimistic viewpoint-it can happen to you, thorough preflights, Risk Management-high transitional altitudes and conservative routes…..
  8. 8. Federal Aviation Administration Autorotations For Official Use Only AC 61-140: Progressive Approach
  9. 9. Federal Aviation Administration Autorotations For Official Use Only Autorotation Scanning Acronym “RATS” •R = Rotor •A = Airspeed •T = Trim •S = Spot  Prevents fixation
  10. 10. Federal Aviation Administration Autorotations For Official Use Only Resources • Sofas and Flight Training Devices • US Helicopter Safety Team (USHST) • FAA FAASTeam • HAI

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