May 14 (Sat) 12:00pm Autorotation: Power-Off Landing in a Helicopter

Event Date: 
Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Your engine has failed. Without power your rotors rapidly slow. You need to keep the rotors spinning, but how?  To the uninitiated, an autorotation can be an intimidating maneuver.  For helicopter pilots, autorotations are one of our basic emergency procedures. It is the quickest, and only safe way to the ground in certain emergencies. Much of emergency training is perfecting the reflexes to a proper autorotation entry.

SCFC's Ryan Williams will review basic autorotation concepts, including the FAA requirements for performing the maneuver according to the PTS. He will include basic aerodynamics of an autorotation, and how to utilize energy management to increase safety and awareness of the aircraft’s position in and movement through space.

This event qualifies for FAA Wings credit, click here to register.

Ryan Williams has always had a passion for flying. He earned his Private, Instrument, Commercial, CFI and CFII in 2013-2014, and is excited to wake up and go to work at San Carlos Flight Center. 

Any questions, contact us at (650) 946-1700 or

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