The DANGERS of doors off Helicopter Flights

May 08, 2023

Greetings Helicopter Enthusiasts!

As the creator of Helicopter Online Ground School (HOGS), I recently went on my first doors off flight of the year. It was an exhilarating experience, but one that requires a great deal of caution and safety precautions.

During the flight, I took the time to make sure that nothing would fly out of the Robinson R-44 and into the tail rotor. This is a crucial step in ensuring the safety of both the passengers and the helicopter itself. Even the smallest object, such as a camera lens cap or a loose item of clothing, can cause significant damage to the tail rotor or other parts of the helicopter if it is sucked in during flight.



Following this flight, a fellow operator emailed me to ask if I take the necessary precautions when flying doors off. I thanked the operator for the reminder and decided to make a video to share my safety precautions for doors off helicopter flight. This video highlights the importance of proper preparation and careful consideration of potential hazards before takeoff.

It's essential to remember that doors off helicopter flight comes with inherent dangers. While it provides an unparalleled view and experience, it's crucial to prioritize safety above all else. To ensure the safety of everyone on board, it's crucial to take the necessary steps to secure loose items and prevent them from flying out of the helicopter during flight.

At HOGS, we prioritize safety in all our training courses. That's why we are pleased to offer our Final Approach Course, designed to help people finish up their helicopter rating. With spots filling up quickly, we encourage you to contact HOGS today to reserve your Final Approach Course.

In conclusion, doors off helicopter flight can be a thrilling experience, but it's crucial to prioritize safety above all else. Remember to take the necessary precautions before takeoff and secure any loose items that could become a hazard during flight. At HOGS, we remain committed to providing the highest quality helicopter training while prioritizing safety at all times.

Fly safe!

Kenny Keller, Creator of Helicopter Online Ground School, LLC.

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