Efficient Helicopter Take Off: Avoid Over-Pulling the Collective Control

Apr 15, 2023

Howdy folks, Kenny Keller here, the creator of Helicopter Online Ground School, here to talk to you today about an important topic for any helicopter pilot: efficient takeoff techniques.

In today's world, where time is money and every second counts, it's important to get off the ground quickly and efficiently. But there's a common mistake that many pilots make during takeoff that can actually be dangerous in the event you have an engine failure: over-pulling the collective control.



Over-pulling the collective during takeoff can cause a number of issues. For one thing, it can put unnecessary strain on your helicopter's engine and transmission, causing unnecessary wear and tear on these vital components. Additionally, it can lead to a less efficient takeoff, as the helicopter would with a more controlled take off.

So how do you avoid over-pulling the collective during takeoff? The answer lies in proper technique and practice.

Learn to take off using only hover power. Resist the temptation to yank the collective up quickly, leading to a less efficient takeoff. In most cases, hover power will give you the necessary climb speed with the standard 500 feet per minute climb. However, you have to be patient.

Once you've achieved a safe altitude, you can adjust the collective as necessary to climb or maintain altitude, but be sure to do so in a controlled and smooth manner.

By following these techniques, you can ensure a smooth and efficient takeoff that will save you time, money, and unnecessary wear and tear on your helicopter's components. So practice these techniques on your next flight, and remember: smooth and steady wins the race!

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