Brad built his Rotorway 162F over a period of three years
and it was his pride and joy. As soon as he had attained his airworthiness
certificate he went to the Rotorway factory school for his Phase
I flight training. He came home with his hover endorsement and
slid the helicopter all over his back yard but knew that he did
not have enough training to safely bring it up into a hover.
Brad hired a flight instructor but the results were not
positive. The instructor rolled Brad's helicopter upon lift off.
It took Brad another two years to rebuild his little yellow Rotorway.
Brad was not one to give up though. During the rebuild process
Brad had heard that Orv was an experienced instructor with many
hours covering all models of Rotorway helicopters. He contacted
Orv and flew him out to CT. The instruction with Orv progressed
quickly and soon Brad was flying approaches at the local airport.
Since there were several mechanical issues that needed
attention prior to continued flight, Brad was not able to finish
enough autorotation training with Orv to where he felt comfortable
to take the helicopter to altitude. A fly-in was only a couple
of weeks away so Orv agreed to finish Brads auto training while
at the fly in.