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VER ICAL
NO MORE EXCUSES
NOT TO FLY HELICOPTERS
» By Ian J. Twombly

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRIS ROSE

gor Sikorsky said, "The helicopter approaches closer than
any other [vehicle] to fulfillment of mankind's ancient
dreams of the flying horse and the magic carpet."
He should know. Sikorsky is one of vertical flight's
early pioneers, and helicopter pilots have him and many
others to thank. Unlike airplanes, where the major technical challenge was getting enough power to lift the weight,
helicopters aren't meant to fly. It's only through sheer will
that engineers and pilots make it happen.
Yet learning to fly a helicopter is, in many ways, not
unlike flying an airplane. It takes a minimum of 35 or 40
hours; there's ground work, dual lessons, solo lessons, and
a checkride. But what you do in training-and more important, what you do after training-varies greatly. Airplanes are
great for getting up and going somewhere, but helicopters
are unmatched for fun and versatility. It's just too bad that
not every pilot has been able to figure that out. Only about
33,300 of the roughly 600,000 active pilots have a helicopter
certificate of some sort. Given how much fun they are to fly,
how versatile they are, and the unique challenge they offer,
something must be holding people back.
With that in mind, here are eight myths about helicopters
and their pilots, in an effort to push you over to aviation's
true magic carpet.

PLUS How do a helicopter's controls work?
View the video.
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