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PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2004 4:09 pm    Post subject: Helicopter Technical Exam Reply with quote

Hi folks!

Just wondering which books everyone read before doing the Helicopter Technical PPL(H) exam. I have done so much studying for it, and there is just so much info I am having trouble remembering it all.

Maybe I am going into too much detail, but as I am planning to do my commercial licence after this, I want to learn as much as I can. Did any of you use any particular techniques for remembering that kind of stuff? Or are there any useful websites you referred to?

I have read the American book Rotorcraft Flying Handbook and I also have the Helicpopter Pilot's Manual and Principles Of Helicopter Flight. I understand most of the concepts but it's just trying to REMEMBER all the details. Crying or Very sad

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2004 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used Wagtendonk's Principles of Helicopter Flight. Along with commercial notes from one of my instructors!

I think that once you've got the concepts commited to memory, the rest should just follow. Given that it's a few years back now, I can't remember the exam very well - I can barely remember last week! I do remember though, that the technical exam was the one I felt least prepared for - I think because there wasn't much in the way of example questions to look at. In the end I decided to attempt it, and if I failed, I'd learn from it and do better next time.

Have you had a read through the POH?
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2004 4:23 pm    Post subject: Exam Reply with quote

jamestlowe wrote:
In the end I decided to attempt it, and if I failed, I'd learn from it and do better next time.


And did you?

I had a go at a practice test the other day (from the Q&A for the Private Pilot's Licence Book) and I was surprised by how many questions I wasn't sure of considering the number of hours I have spent reading, making notes, typing up my notes and revising!! Quite disappointing! I haven't read the POH but I have read a book about the R22 which is a cut down version of the POH.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2004 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No - passed first time of course! Wink Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2004 4:30 pm    Post subject: Exam Reply with quote

Well Done! Razz
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2004 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you!

Is there anything in particular that you're struggling with, or worrying about?
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2004 4:36 pm    Post subject: Exam Reply with quote

Not really, just the sheer volume of info, plus the CAA's sneaky way of asking you a question in a way that at least 2 of the answers seem remotely similar (just to confuse you!!). Sad

I've been ok with every other exam, but this one just seems not to be going in! I am sure when it's all over and done, and I understand it all perfectly, then I will wonder why it was ever so complicated!

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 20, 2004 5:18 pm    Post subject: Yippeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Reply with quote

Well, I passed. Razz

There were some really tricky questions in there - stuff about hydraulics and tecchnical stuff that I hadn't read in the book, so I got a few wrong answers, however, a pass is a pass so I am happy. Laughing

Thanks for all you tips and advice with the techie stuff!! Just one to go now... NAV!

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 20, 2004 5:48 pm    Post subject: Navigation Reply with quote

Well done again. (Cross threading can't be good...)

Navigation's easy! 100% on that one for me - my favourite subject anyway!
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2004 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use:

Robinson R-22 POH
Jeppesen's Helicopter Pilot Manual
FAA Rotorcraft Flying Handbook
"Principles of Helicopter Flight" by Wagtendonk

I found that Wagtendonk's book, while very in-depth about helicopter flight dynamics, is a very tough read if you're not too savvy on physics and mathematics, as he explains almost everything in mathematical equation. But if you really want to know the theory, this is the book!

The Jeppesen book is primarily geared towards the Schweizer 300 series, but has lots of good info on everything from controls to airspace to meteorology. I was reading the section on clouds while flying (on a plane!) from KFLL to KDCA (Washington, D.C.) and it was neat to look out the window and see the types of clouds as I was reading about them.

I also subscribe to "Rotor & Wing Magazine", "Helicopter Monthly" via online, and browse many helicopter-related websites (such as "Vertical Magazine"-- will subscribe to the print version shortly). I find that reading everything written by industry professionals (pilots) gives a perspective that textbooks can't. There is also a book out there (the title escapes me right now) that documents the mistakes made by helicopter pilots and how to avoid them.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2004 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Matt,

I think you mean "Fatal Traps For Helicopter Pilots". I haven't read it personally but I have heard of it. I have all the PPL books and the Wagtendonk one I believe goes to commercial standard - I haven't really focused on that one too much yet, but I will once I get chance!

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2004 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WhirlyGirl wrote:
Hi Matt,

I think you mean "Fatal Traps For Helicopter Pilots". I haven't read it personally but I have heard of it. I have all the PPL books and the Wagtendonk one I believe goes to commercial standard - I haven't really focused on that one too much yet, but I will once I get chance!

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Yes, WG, that's the one! Thanks!

That one will be in my library soon too.

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