Exercise 29 - Type Conversion

GROUND SCHOOL POINTS

Flight Manual and any manufacturer's training publication.

Power plant manufacturer's publications.

Turbine/piston theory as appropriate.

PREPARATORY INSTRUCTION

Aim

For the student to learn how to convert safely and effectively from one type of helicopter to another.

Motivation

Thorough conversion from one type of aircraft is essential to flight safety. This is particularly the case where students convert from piston to turbine engined aircraft.

Airmanship

As appropriate to the air lesson.

Teaching Points

These should be as appropriate to type but should include a review of all exercises flown by the student so far. Particular attention should be paid to differences in:

    1. Performance limitations including:
      1. airspeeds in powered and autorotational flight;
      2. VNEs;
      3. Gross weight and C of G;
      4. engine and transmission limits; and
      5. emergency procedures.
    2. Handling characteristics including:
      1. control response;
      2. idiosyncrasies peculiar to type; and
      3. ancillary controls.
    3. Visual cues and instrument indications.

Confirmation

PRE-FLIGHT BRIEFING

AIR LESSON
    1. All previous air lessons should be reviewed. Particular attention should be paid to areas where performance and characteristics are in any way different.

POST-FLIGHT DEBRIEFING

TIPS FOR INSTRUCTORS

Time taken will differ from student to student depending on aptitude, experience and helicopter type.

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