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1. Thunderbird Lounge: An Aviator's
2. Military Helicopters (Pebble Plus)
3. Helicopters (Military Hardware
4. Rescue Helicopters (Transportation
5. Tactical Helicopter Missions:
6. HH-60 Pave Hawk Helicopters (Torque:
7. Introduction to Helicopter and
8. Helicopters and Airplanes of the
9. Transport Helicopters (Transportation
10. Helicopters (Mega Military Machines)
11. Helicopters and VTOL Aircraft
12. Advanced Combat Helicopters
13. The Helicopter
14. The Helicopter in Civil Operations
15. Modern Helicopters (Combat Arms)
16. The World's Fastest Helicopters
17. The Art and Science of Flying
18. Helicopters (Transportation, 2)
19. Helicopters: Military, Civilian,
20. Learning to Fly Helicopters (Tab

1. Thunderbird Lounge: An Aviator's Story About One Early Transportation Helicopter Company, Along With Its Sister Companies As They Paved the Way in What Was to Become "A Helicopter War"
by Robert Brandt
Paperback: 402 Pages (2001-11-21)
list price: US$30.50 -- used & new: US$8.64
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Asin: 1553690060
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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This is a story as seen through the eyes of one 1st Lieutenant Army aviator, during the early US military commitment to support the Republic of South Vietnam in its counter-insugency operations against North Vietnam's campaign to reunite Vietnam under communist rule. It depicts the daily life of these soldiers and aviation crew members as they went about proving the importance of the helicopter in modern warfare. Describes in detail how the helicopter was employed, puts you in the pilot's seat, death and humor, frustrations encountered, and a tribute to those soldiers and airmen who paid the ultimate price. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Thunderbird Lounge
It is quite evident that Gen Brandt did considerable research into the events that took place during that time period.Some people might question the facts as presented about some of the operations or events, however, I think the book speaks for itself.The author did an outstanding job depicting how the Company functioned in that environment and how the officers and enlisted men endured the stress and strain of life away from home and family.The humorous side depicted in the book is probly as accurate as can be remembered and certainly contributed to the over all high moral of the organization.The book is well written and a pleasure to read.

4-0 out of 5 stars Highly Readable, Accurate, Thorough Picture
Bob Brandt did a masterful job of saving, sorting and presenting data as well as remembering so many facts that most of us have long since forgotten.

The book is a keeper, and supports the efforts and brave acts of the many unsung participants at the outset of this strange venture of our country into a truly foreign land.

5-0 out of 5 stars DAVE EASTMAN, OUTLAW 23,-24
I swapped my book, OUTLAWS IN VIETNAM, for Bob's book at the VHPA reunion in Las Vegas, 2002.This is a great book by Gen. Brandt typifying the events and life-style experienced at this early moment in Vietnam. The H-21's are graphically described in all their quirks and needs, as well as the skillful men who had to fly them. I find the earliest years of VN helicopter warfare fascinating to read, as these men not only laid down the tracks for we later aviators to utilize in mid-sixties on, but they quickly found out the political reality of Vietnam--which never changed.As Halberstam has stated, "the war was lost in 1964, not at the end of its duration." Our aviator job was tremendously enjoyed by all of us, but the Washington administrations never totally got it what a fluky scenario Vietnam was.We helicopter pilots surely got it, though.

5-0 out of 5 stars True Pioneers of Army Aviation
Pi'-o-neer' a noun meaning: "One who goes before, preparing the way, for others to follow."There is no other way to define the original members of the 33rd Transportation Company (Light Helicopter)(CH21), except as pioneers in U.S. Army Aviation history!All original members of the 33rd left their families in the U.S. and quietly departed Ft. Ord, CA with their destination as-"unknown"!The move was classified as Top Secret and no one was able to tell anyone, including families, where they were going under penalty of court-martial.Vietnam was not classified as a combat zone in 1962, but as an advisory zone...but no one told the VC.Thunderbird Lounge is a very good historical book written by a man who experienced it all. 1LT Robert J. Brandt, a National Guard officer newly assigned, became the Commander of the 573rd Maintenance Detachment and, would be the only Commander of the 573rd Maintenance Detachment for the entire year.

The 33rd was originally to deploy to "unknown" locations in March of 1962.The orders were delayed and many of their helicopters were transferred to two other Transportation Companies (8th and 57th), which did deploy.Then the U.S. was scoured for low time CH-21's to replace the ones given up by the 33rd.The unit was again alerted to move in August of 1962.All aircraft and all other equipment finally departed for Hawaii by ship scheduled to stop in Hawaii to pick up the aircraft and equipment of a sister unit, the 81st, before continuing on. Then, the day before the main body of personnel was to depart Travis AFB, 1LT Brandt was diagnosed with pneumonia!After spending a night in the Ft. Ord hospital and receiving a massive dose of penicillin that led to a rapid improvement, Brandt convinced the Army doctor that he HAD to go with his unit the next day.Convinced by his improvement, the doctor loaded Brandt up with more penicillin and off he went.He recovered enroute with no ill effects.

The arrival at Tan So Nhut and Saigon was exactly as anyone who has been there remembers...a sensory shock and memorable!The year was 1962 and, Saigon was "unspoiled" by western influences; full of interesting foreign sights, sounds and smells.The USNS Croatan, carrying 40 cocooned helicopters and equipment, arrived within 48 hours, on schedule.Following unpacking, unwrapping and assembly, the 33rd's20 CH-21s were flown to Tan So Nhut and ultimately to their new home on Bien Hoa airbase about 30 miles north of Saigon.The time was the monsoon season and no member of the unit had experienced the tropics or the problems the heat and moisture would ultimately bring to their aging CH-21 helicopters.The 33rd had arrived and "Wow", were the conditions primitive!

Throughout the remaining pages of Thunderbird Lounge, MG Brandt tells a complete story of the first year of the 33rd in Vietnam.People, places and incidents are described in very vivid detail.Almost every pilot is mentioned as well as many of the key enlisted men and NCO's.Using letters sent home to his wife along with the help of several comrades he is still in contact with,MG Brandt reconstructs many events that tell the story of their first year.Combat assaults, re-supply and medical evacuations are carried out in two aircraft flights because of engine and maintenance concerns.The red soil and extreme moisture conditions made maintenance of the CH-21 radial engines and wooden rotor blades very, very difficult.Brandt estimates that his engine shop rebuilt a CH-21 radial engine every 8 days!Thunderbird Lounge is a story of missions, maintenance and mayhem.

Never has a book been written after 40 years that is more complete with dates, names and locations.Every page is brimming with tales relating the many humorous incidents and events that made life in combat and the poor living conditions of Bien Hoa airbase bearable. Great photos are placed at the end of each chapter that compliment and highlight the people and incidents within the chapter. MG Brandt carefully remembers some of the sad events of the year, concluding with the loss of the first two 33rd pilots just after his returning home.

Thunderbird Lounge is truly a wonderful book.It tells a positive story about men as pioneers overcoming adversity, boredom and the enemy.Some of the participants may have seen things differently than MG Brandt, as he looks back after 40 years.However, no one can say he didn't tell it candidly, and fairly, as he saw it.After all, 40 years is a long time.1962 was truly a time when real men pioneered the use of helicopters in combat and developed the textbooks for US Army Aviation airmobile operations.Those textbooks, as well as the lessons learned, were effectively used by thousands of pilots over the next 9 years in that "unknown" location so very far away.

Tom Payne
VHPA ... Read more

2. Military Helicopters (Pebble Plus)
by Matt Doeden, Gail Saunders-Smith
 Hardcover: 24 Pages (2005-01)
list price: US$19.93 -- used & new: US$13.56
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Asin: 0736836586
Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars
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Get the dirt on the mightiest machines in town! Simple text and large, dynamic photographs put young readers in the drivers seat of these enormous, powerful machines. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
You would think that a book about military helicopters for kids over 9 would provide more information than "military helicopters are mighty machines" or "military helicopters carry troops into battle". Or "this is a rotor". There is very lttle text or information beyond what I just quoted. In terms of information provided, this book is for 2 and 3 year olds. In terms of reading, this book is for 5 or 6 year olds. But both groups are going to be very disappointed. The book fails to mention the model of helicopters in the photos. How hard would that have been to do? Isn't the book supposed to be about military helicopters?

Even at this cheap price, this is way overpriced. If your child likes helicopters, do NOT get this for them. They already know far more about helicopters than what is in this book. ... Read more

3. Helicopters (Military Hardware in Action)
by Mark Dartford
Hardcover: 48 Pages (2003-09)
list price: US$25.26 -- used & new: US$5.34
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Asin: 0822547074
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Describes various models of helicopters used for military purposes, from the Sikorsky to the A160 Hummingbird. ... Read more

4. Rescue Helicopters (Transportation Library)
by Rebecca Olien
 Library Binding: 24 Pages (2001-01)
list price: US$21.26 -- used & new: US$21.26
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Asin: 0736808442
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5. Tactical Helicopter Missions: How to Fly Safe, Effective Airborne Law Enforcement Missions
by Kevin P. Means
Paperback: 119 Pages (2007-06)
list price: US$34.95 -- used & new: US$31.99
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Asin: 039807738X
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Being new to an air unit this is one book you need to read.Easy reading but full of knowledge.Must have if you are in an air unit

5-0 out of 5 stars Tactical Helicopter Missions
THE BIBLE FOR POLICE HELICOPTER OPERATIONS! As a 'Helo Cop' my fellow helo-cops and I practice the principles outlined in this book everytime we fly.Furthermore, the teachings from this book are passed on to future generations of helo-cops. I personally met Kevin Means and he is an absolute professional and a true gentleman. His work will live on in history long after all of us have passed onto the big Police helipad in the sky! LOL!

5-0 out of 5 stars Tactical Helicopter Missions
Great book and easy to understand. I use the subject matter every time I fly a fly a mission.It's a great training aid for new Tactical Flight Officers (TFO's) and Pilots. I refer to the different chapters often as I fly new TFO's on their first flights.

OH-58C Pilot
Law Enforcement Aviation Coalition
Rockford, IL ... Read more

6. HH-60 Pave Hawk Helicopters (Torque: Military Machines)
by Jack David
Library Binding: 24 Pages (2008-09)
list price: US$22.00 -- used & new: US$14.08
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Asin: 0531210529
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars HH-60 Pave Hawk Helicopters
This is a good book for your young child. Some times a little rambo, but it does get the point across. ... Read more

7. Introduction to Helicopter and Tiltrotor Flight Simulation (Aiaa Education Series)
by Bell Helicopter Textron M. Dreier
Hardcover: 460 Pages (2007-03-15)
list price: US$99.95 -- used & new: US$67.46
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Asin: 1563478730
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While many available texts cover some aspect of simulation, this book is unique in that it brings all the tools required to write a flight simulation mathematical model together in one reference. As one reviewer of the text stated, the breadth of material in this book will make it valuable for a wide range of engineering applications, not simply simulation. The organization of the book makes it the perfect reference guide, as chapter after chapter follows a logical build-up to a complete aircraft model. The book begins with a discussion that focuses the reader on the types of flight simulation that are possible. From there, chapters are dedicated to vectors, vector resolution and the many axis systems used in helicopter analysis. A brief chapter on atmospheric modeling precedes a critical section devoted to the importance of establishing the distinction between inertial velocity, wash velocity and aerodynamic velocity.After these chapters have built the foundation for aerodynamics and dynamics, the rotorcraft is modeled from simple components up to more complex systems with chapters dedicated to each of the following: fuselage, wings, propellers, rotors, engines, drive systems, landing gear, controls and aerodynamic coupling. The final chapters describe overall organization and informational flow, and methods to trim the aircraft to initial states. In all, the book holds 18 chapters and 12 appendices along with accompanying problem sets, a solutions manual, and demonstration programs on a CD-ROM. The demonstration programs, written in Visual Basic, serve as a tie-in between chapters and offer a real asset to the reader. One reviewer of the text put it this way, they bring the equations to life. Finally, the text offers an appendix of humorous axioms and observations about flight. As the author explains, Some of the wisdom of the flying ages is presented here, partly for amusement, partly because pilots that will fly your simulators all know the pearls, and partly because you'll need to learn them the easy way if you intend to learn to fly.Dreier goes on to explain the inclusion of these fun notes by saying...It is my belief that one will get more from one's job if the job is enjoyable. If you are a student or currently working in the field or rotorcraft analysis, this is an essential addition to your reference library. ... Read more

8. Helicopters and Airplanes of the U.S. Army
by Frank J. Delear
 Hardcover: 96 Pages (1977-11)
list price: US$7.95
Isbn: 0396074766
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Gives a background of Army aviation and describes the purpose of the various types of aircraft used. ... Read more

9. Transport Helicopters (Transportation Library)
by Adele D. Richardson
 Library Binding: 24 Pages (2000-07)
list price: US$22.60 -- used & new: US$17.63
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Asin: 0736806083
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10. Helicopters (Mega Military Machines)
by Catherine Ellis
Library Binding: 24 Pages (2007-06-30)
list price: US$21.25 -- used & new: US$18.48
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Asin: 140423666X
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11. Helicopters and VTOL Aircraft Work Like This
by Basil Arkell, John W.R. Taylor
 Hardcover: 96 Pages (1972-11-09)

Isbn: 0460064185
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12. Advanced Combat Helicopters
 Hardcover: 96 Pages (1988-03)
list price: US$7.00 -- used & new: US$9.95
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Asin: 0879382996
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13. The Helicopter
by H.F. Gregory
 Hardcover: 224 Pages (1977-01)
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Asin: 0498016706
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14. The Helicopter in Civil Operations
by Eric Melrose Brown
 Hardcover: 177 Pages (1981-04)
list price: US$17.95
Isbn: 0442245289
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15. Modern Helicopters (Combat Arms)
by Bill Gunston
 Hardcover: 78 Pages (1990-10)
list price: US$14.95
Isbn: 0135898471
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16. The World's Fastest Helicopters (Built for Speed)
by Bledsoe, Karen E., Glen
 Library Binding: 48 Pages (2002-01-01)
list price: US$23.99 -- used & new: US$1.99
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Asin: 0736810595
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Discusses the history and development of some of the world's fastest helicopters, describing the specific features and specifications of such aircraft as the SA 360 Dauphin, Boeing-Sikorsky RAH-66 Comanche, AH-64 Apache, and V-22 Osprey. ... Read more

17. The Art and Science of Flying Helicopters
by Shawn Coyle
Paperback: 225 Pages (1996-02-28)
list price: US$39.99 -- used & new: US$229.69
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Asin: 081382169X
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The Art and Science of Flying Helicopters covers the fundamentals of helicopter theory, performance, flying, and more advanced aspects of the helicopter itself. Turbine engines, ancillary systems such as hydraulics, and peculiarities of the helicopter are explained in detail with diagrams to aid in comprehension. This manual takes a structured approach to helicopter flying in the areas of aerodynamics, performance, flight techniques, and engine failures, and has both beginners and advanced sections in each of these areas. The division of the book into two parts, for beginners and for advanced pilots, makes it an easy-to-read reference. While performance is covered briefly in the beginners section to permit understanding of how it affects the flight of the machine, it is described in much more detail in the advanced section. Students of both civil and military helicopter flight training and maintenance will benefit from this manual. Numerous examples as well as practical tips for both instructors and students enhance this text and make it a critical addition to any flight training classroom. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars It could literally save your life
I used to train people to fly helicopters, now I fly emergency medical rescue helicopters.Chapter 18 alone is worth the price of the book.It details variations on the single most-important emergency flight maneuver - things that you may not learn from the average helicopter instructor.The knowledge in that chapter could make the difference between walking away and being dug out.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Art and Science of Flying Helicopters
Excellent book for beginners and experts alike, but you might want to think twice before buying this one, as Coyle has just released a vastly expanded edition called "Cyclic & Collective: More Art and Science of Flying Helicopters", published by Helobooks.com

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Explanations
I recently began reading this book, and I find it nothing less than astonishing. Its large amount of tables, figures, and charts help to really explain the text. I am a younger person, and really didnt expect to understand rotary wing flight, but this book has really made it possible for me. This book is a great bok for beginners as well as experienced flyers. Overall I think this book is an excellent buy.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good book
I am a test engineer who typically works on fixed wind a/c. This gave me a good heads up on the principles of rotary wing flight. Easy reading and informative.

5-0 out of 5 stars Flying Helos is an Art
Having flown in many Hughes/McDac and Bell helicopters and most recently Aerospatiale Dauphin 2 helicopters for work, this book is one of best books one the subject. In the news, one sees quite a few incidents of inexperienced pilots and celebrity pilots going down in their helos with tragic results.Helicopters because of their complexity require very well trained and experienced pilots. This book is good for anyone interested in helicopters regardless of their experience.I found the Chapters on Balance Forces and Controlling the Helicopter, Advanced Engine Failures and Further Peculiarities of Helicopter Flight quite interesting. ... Read more

18. Helicopters (Transportation, 2)
by Darlene R. Stille
Library Binding: 32 Pages (2003-12)
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Asin: 0756506069
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Briefly describes the way a helicopter operates, different kinds of choppers, what the pilot does, and some of the work for which helicopters are used. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars We Love Helicopters
I got this book for my 4-year-old son who loves helicopters.I read the book myself and think it is a great book.It has a lot of good information about helicopters and has many beautiful color pictures.I think it's a little beyond a 4-year-old's comprehension, so I put it away for a while.I know he will love this book.

The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that I thought the book was a little overpriced.When I opened it up I thought it was awefully thin.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book

This is a great book for kids that are interested in learning about helicopters and how they work. The book is well written and nicely illustrated which certainly enhances the understanding of the various types of helicopters.

The book explains how the pilot flies the helicopter and the various types of work to which the chopper is put including search and rescue, medical evacuations and in the military.

This is a fantastic book that is a helpful guide for kids who may wish to have a career as chopper pilots when they grow up.

3-0 out of 5 stars Helicopters at War
This is a very informative book, with great pictures and good descriptions. The only reason that I've given it three stars is that it includes a page on Helicopters at War. It has a very short summary of the use of helicopters in Vietnam, Korea, and the Gulf War. Certainly done very well and with pictures showing soldiers jumping out the helicopters -- some with medical situations and one with guns (albiet from distance).

I just didn't want to have to answer the next questions that would come from my 4 year old. Perhaps for an older age when these topics have already been discussed. ... Read more

19. Helicopters: Military, Civilian, and Rescue Rotorcraft (The Aviation Factfile)
by Robert Jackson
Hardcover: 256 Pages (2005-10-07)
list price: US$17.95 -- used & new: US$10.98
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Asin: 1592235042
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Duck your head, and climb aboard 120 of the most important rotorcraft ever designed with former pilot and navigation instructor, Robert Jackson. In this comprehensive guide to the history and development of helicopters, Mr. Jackson delivers an authoritative A to Z catalog, from early experimental autogyros and basic designs like the Sikorsky R-4, to classics like the Bell UH-1—the "Huey"—that revolutionized military transport during the Vietnam War and the McDonnell-Douglas A1-1-64 Apache used for combat in the Balkans and Iraq. Each featured helicopter is covered in great detail, with graphic boxes outlining its development, technical specs, performance data, and more. With over 2000 color and black-and-white photographs and artwork, this fascinating history of the helicopter is a memorable flight indeed. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars great book by robert jackson
this has the same format laid out as the books from jim winchester of modern military aircraft and aircraft of world war 2. all three of these books are must buys.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Helo ID book i've ever seen
I'm a Grad Student at the University of Maryland's Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center studying Helicopters and this is without a doubt the best Helicopter fact book i have ever seen.I even showed it to one of my professors and he loved it.It is very informative with great photos and diagrams.It also isvery accurate and faithful to history, which can not be said for a lot of these types of books you find.

5-0 out of 5 stars Buy this book!
This is an excellent overview and history of helicopters.
Very good photography and graphics supplement a comprehensive
text.Anyone looking for a great book on helicopters should
buy this book.

1-0 out of 5 stars Lots of pictures and lots of errors
This book has many worthwhile images accompanied by a large number of significant errors and pedantic captions. There are also multiple consecutive entries for a given helicopter model, very few of which add anything to the first entry for that model.

This book suffers from extremely sloppy fact checking, incorrect technical explanations, and generally a lackadaisical treatment of a very interesting subject.

There are plenty of other well researched and accurate books on helicopters available. Don't waste your time on this one. ... Read more

20. Learning to Fly Helicopters (Tab Practical Flying Series)
by R. Randall Padfield
 Paperback: 354 Pages (1992-01)
list price: US$22.95 -- used & new: US$21.11
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Asin: 0830620923
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This work offers instruction in how to fly a helicopter and gives an insight into other pilot's obsessions. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
I ordered this book for a graduation present.It was the perfect gift and the recipient loved it!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Most Excellent Authorship
For the past 35 years I have flown single engine fixed wing aircraft and for the same 35 years I have always wondered about how it would be to fly a helicopter.

After reading this book I still can't, but I now have some idea of just how "the other side" flies.I can now better appreciate the difficulty of maneuvering these aircraft and of the greater attention must be paid by the pilot even when flying straight and level.

I cannot say enough about the author.His writing is clear, concise, and humanistic, but never allows the reader a "parade rest" but, rather, holds the reader at full attention from page to page, well almost, until the book is finished.

Well written, worth twice the money.

Bill McConnell

4-0 out of 5 stars Helpful book
This book provides a basic overview of helicopter flying.This is a good book for initial training.It is written with a down-to-earth (no pun intended) feel, so it was easy to read and helped simplify some complex issues that were confusing me.I would recommend this book for anyone who is beginning their flight training or someone who has been out of flying for a while and in need of a refresher course regarding the basics.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I will be attending Bristow Academy this Jan. and bought several books that they recommended to me. This is above and beyond the others. The author gives down to earth easy to understand explanations as well as many examples of many of the subjects discussed. For anyone that is looking to fly helicopters and is looking for a good book to explain a lot about them, DON'T MISS THIS TITLE!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners -- needs some update
If you're like me, and I know I am, you haven't attended any flight training yet. If this is correct, you are the target audience for this book. It is well-written, in a conversational style that makes all the theory of the early chapters and the emergency procedures of the later chapters understandable on a first reading. I had just applied for the Army's Aviation Warrant Officer program when I ordered this book. I had slogged halfway through the Army's Fundamentals of Flight field manual when this arrived from Amazon. The theory matched point for point, which shouldn't be surprising since Mr. Padfield writes that he learned rotary aviation from the Army when he was an Air Force pilot.

The two major differences that make spending money on this book preferable to reading the free Army manual are: 1. the manual was apparently written for those who have already learned how to fly for the Army, and includes so many acronyms and abbreviations a complete beginner must constantly stop reading to look up the meanings; and 2. Mr. Padfield includes tips and tricks and helpful hints gained from many years and 9000+ hours of flying helicopters, all effortlessly included in the text giving the impression that he is sitting in the cockpit next to you helping you out.

The book includes many illustrations, photos and diagrams to assist the reader in better visualizing the ideas brought forth in the text. Also, as the text verbally illustrates the concepts, the repetitive nature of some of the motions helps the reader retain the knowledge (i.e., pulling up the collective and twisting the throttle combine to adjust power... since those motions are necessary for most operations, any time he mentions another operation, he verbally illustrates by mentioning how to adjust each control).

The only reason I couldn't rate the book 5 stars was the photography. The photos are all black and white, and by today's printing standards they are low quality. Since most of the pictures are mainly for general interest (i.e., various full-body shots of helicopters common in the 90s when the book was written), that's not normally an issue. The problem for me came when he was describing the controls and showing a low-quality, too-small grayscale photo that's not very clear. Also, it's been long enough since the book came out (at least a decade); some of the new gizmos he mentions would be available or common soon should have been implemented by now and even newer ideas brought out. An additional chapter updating these thoughts would be nice.

In general though, the theory is the same, making the book stand up well over the years. Of course, if you're already a pilot, I suspect you won't pick up much if anything from this book, aside from an appreciation for Mr. Padfield's writing style. Although some of the tips, particularly ones having to do with emergency procedures, may help some.

It's an excellent book (other than the photos), and I highly recommend it to the novice. ... Read more

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