December 15 (Sat) 12pm- How a Helicopter Works

Event Date: 
Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 12:00pm

We've all seen them flying around before, but how do they actually stay up there? What lets a helicopter hover, or fly backwards? How do you control something inherently unstable? What even is autorotation? "Black magic" is close, but not quite. In this seminar, we'll take an introductory look at how a helicopter flies and how to control them. The flight controls and mechanisms controlling the movement of the helicopter will be covered, as well as the aerodynamic phenomena that occur around it.


Michael Dutton is a private pilot with his Helicopter and ASEL ratings. Unlike many with such ratings, he started his flying career in helicopters and only touched a plane after he had acquired his rotorwing certificate. He's been flying for over five years with 250 hours logged, 140 of them in helicopters. He is a student at San Jose State University studying Aviation Operations, and works at both the San Carlos Flight Center doing video production, as well as on the NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System team.


This event qualifies for FAA Wings credit.

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