February 6 (Sat) 12:00pm Helicopters in T.V. and Film

Event Date: 
Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Have you ever seen a movie or watched TV?  Then you’ve probably seen some pretty bad portrayals of helicopter flight.

With the proper training and preparation, helicopters have been a safe form of flying since the 1940’s.  They are perfectly suited to some specific flight missions.  But they can be unforgiving to pilots who don’t take precautions to treat the aircraft with respect.

The SCFC Helicopter Team has pulled together a compilation of some of the stupidest representations of helicopters in film and television.  Amateur pilots flying without any training, unsafe maneuvering, aerodynamic impossibilities, hazardous flight conditions, you name it, we’ll see it.  After we view the Hollywood version, our instructors will walk the audience through what is aerodynamically wrong and outright unsafe in what we saw on the screen.  The difference between safe helicopter operation and what you see action stars use them will astonish you.

Some of the examples you can expect to see:

 - In “The Italian Job”, the helicopter pilot intentionally uses his tail rotor as a weapon against one of the Cooper minis.

 - In the most recent Bond movie, 007 has to struggle to pull the helicopter out of a dive.

 - In the TV show “The West Wing”, the president and staff refer to the blades of Marine One as propellers.

If you want to know the real story of safe helicopter operation, and enjoy laughing at the mainstream entertainment, we hope you’ll join us.

Any questions, contact us at (650) 946-1700 or info@sancarlosflight.com.

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