The Buttons below will take you through
the different hints and tips that I feel will make your helicopter
safer and more reliable.
A.R.O.W. is an acronym that
stands for the items that must be in the aircraft for it to be legal to
fly and considered “AIRWORTHY” by the FAA regulations. The Airworthiness
certificate and the registration should be inside of a plastic see-through
document envelope (available from suppliers like Aircraft
Spruce and Specialty( link))
and needs to be securely attached to the inside of the cockpit in plain
view for any passenger to see. On the Rotorway the document display is
usually installed on the passenger (right) side of the cockpit and either
on the bottom door post near the foot well or under the instrument panel
bulge next to the passengers left ankle.
- a. Airworthiness Certificate-
issued by FAA
- b. Registration- issued by
FAA and N numbers of appropriate size and color mounted on side of aircraft
- c. Operators Handbook- came
with the kit/operating limitations-issued
at time of FAA inspection
- d. Weight and balance calculations-
completed by builder. These include calculations for the present weight
of the student. The instructor, Orv weighs in at around 185 pounds for
your calculations. (once we schedule your flight training I will send
you a very easy weight and balance computing program).
- a. Student pilot certificate or third class medical current (student
pilot certificate is issued by your medical examiner).
- b. You need to check your operators hand book to determine the maximum
pilot and passenger weights that are allowed in your particular helicopter.
If you are over that weight, it would be a good incentive to loose some
of that extra poundage that you have been carrying around. It takes
around one horse power for the helicopter to lift every 7 pounds.
Birth Certificate or Passport
- a. Need for homeland security requirement to receive flight instruction
- b. Please have an original or certified copy for me to view and a
copy to take with me for my records.
- a. Aids me in determining how long to schedule training for
- b. Older students typically get tired easier than the young students
so our flying sessions are typically a bit shorter
- a. Installed and operating.
- b. If you have not yet purchased an intercom I have found the ones
that are self contained seem to work the best in the helicopter environment
- a. For two headsets
- b. Airplane or Helicopter configuration(helo has one jack for each
headset, airplane has two for each headset)
Radio/transponder/encoder (that are certified) If during
your training we will be flying into the mode C veil of a class Bravo
air space or inside of a class Charlie air space, the helicopter must
have a properly functioning transponder with altitude encoder
that has been certified within the past 24 calendar months from
the time of our flight. .
- a. Certified (certification is good for 24 months) It must be installed
in the aircraft and then certified by an FAA licensed avionics technician
while in the helicopter. The helicopter can be taken by trailer or flown
to the repair station or the avionics technician may be talked into
coming to your hangar.
- a. Does the builder have a repairman’s certificate (then he can perform
and sign annual condition inspection in aircraft log book). This is
issued by the FAA at the time of your airworthiness inspection if it
is performed by and FAA inspector. If your helicopters airworthiness
inspection was performed by a DAR (Designated Airworthiness Representative)
then you will need to contact your local FSDO(Flight Standards District
Office) to have it issued to you.
- b. If not then an A&P must have signed that the helicopter has
had it's annual condition inspection within the past 12 months to include
the month that we are to be training if your helicopter is an Experimental.
If we will be flying a Certified helicopter then the annual condition
inspection must be signed off by an IA (this is an A&P mechanic
with Inspection Authorization).