Helicopter Flight Training Resources

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Flight Training Resources

The following items are flight training resources primarily for helicopter training. However, many of the resources provided would be applicable to students learning to fly fixed wing aircraft as well as rotocraft.

Helicopter Flight Principles

Helicopter Flying Handbook FAA-H-8083-21A

This FAA produced handbooks provides and overview of helicopter flying principles.

US Army Fundamentals of Flight

This field manual from the U.S. Army provides a good understanding of the fundamental of helicopter flight.  The initial chapters are a benefit to any helicopter pilot.  Later chapters include references to advanced helicopter and fixed wing flight.

Principles of Helicopter Flight – by Walter J. Wagtendonk

The book, Principles of Helicopter Flight by Walter J. Wagtendonk is one of the best resources for understanding helicopter flight principles.  The book is a must for any one pursuing a career as a helicopter pilot.

General Pilot Resources

FAA Pilots Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge FAA-H-8083-25B

This document from the Federal Aviation Administration provides a compilation of information for all pilots.

Weather Resources

General Aviation Pilot’s Guide to Preflight Weather Planning, Weather Self-Briefings, and Weather Decision Making

This document from the Federal Aviation Administration provides a review of weather related preflight planning.

 Aviation Weather for Pilots and Flight Operations Personnel AC-00-6A

This aviation circular (AC) provides information on the weather related topics for aviators.

  Aviation Weather Services, Advisory Circular AC-00-45G

This aviation circular (AC) provides information on the weather related aviation products and services available to pilots.

Navigation Resources

FAA Chart Users Guide

This FAA produced guide provides information on using navigational charts for flying.

Risk Management

 Risk Management Handbook FAA-H-8083-2

This FAA produced guide provides information on risk management and aeronautical decision making.

Weight and Balance

Aircraft Weight and Balance FAA-H-8083-1A

This FAA produced guide provides information on aircraft weight and balance, including a section specifically on helicopters.

Helicopter Flight Instructor

 Helicopter Instructors Handbook FAA-H-8083-4

This FAA produced guide provides information on teaching helicopter flight principles.

 Aviation Instructors Handbook FAA-H-8083-9A

This FAA produced guide provides information on teaching to flight principles to prospective aviation students.

Helicopter Practical Test Standards

Helicopter Private Pilot Practical Test Standards FAA-S-8081-15A

This document outlines the Practical Test Standards for the Private Pilot Helicopter checkride.

Helicopter Commercial Pilot Practical Test Standards FAA-S-8081-16B

This document outlines the Practical Test Standards for the Commercial Pilot Helicopter checkride.

Helicopter Flight Instructor Practical Test Standards FAA-S-8081-7B

This document outlines the Practical Test Standards for the Flight Instructor  Helicopter checkride.