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Flying Airplanes and Helicopters By Roger White
They are different • Airplanes and helicopters are different • Different flight characteristics • Different kinds of missions • Different kinds of pilot personalities
My Background • Air Traffic Controller in Vietnam War • Private pilot in Dugway, Utah • Commercial pilot’s license with IFR rating
Flying differences • Airplanes • Need runways • Need to keep moving • Simpler flying controls • Helicopters • Don’t need runways • Can hover • More complex flying controls
Task differences • Airplanes • Fly from point A to point B carrying cargo • Often a well-known schedule • Small planes are used more like helicopters • Helicopters • More variety in missions • Less routine • More surprises
Pilot differences • Airplane pilots • Experience more routine flying • Pay more attention to instruments • Helicopter pilots • Experience more variety in missions • Are watching the outside more
Conclusion • Lots of differences in • Flying characteristics • Missions • Pilot personalities