Flight Training Lesson 1

1.2 Hour Dual; Pre/Post Flight Discussion 0.75 Hours

by Philip Greenspun and Kasim Te; revised August 2006

Developed for students at East Coast Aero Club which operated under FAR Part 141 from July 2008 through July 2010.

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The student will learn basic helicopter aerodynamics and satisfy the awareness training requirements of SFAR 73. He/she will be introduced to helicopter instruction at East Coast Aero Club, the process and importance of a preflight inspection, and the use of flight controls while enjoying a one-hour introductory flight.


Completion of Ground Stage I.




Completion Standards

Student should be able to give a basic explanation of how a helicopter flies and display adequate understanding of the required SFAR 73 awareness training. Student should be able to identify the major components of the helicopter flown. Student, with assistance from the instructor, use appropriate checklists, and start the helicopter's engine. Student should gain an understanding of the use of flight controls and begin progress toward holding altitude within 200', airspeed +/- 15 knots, and tracking ground references (i.e., an Interstate highway).

Instructor's Evaluation and Recommendations:

Flight Training Record, Lesson 1

Any deviations from the completion standards should be noted in previous section. After completing a maneuver listed under Introduction, place a check mark next to that maneuver. Assign grades of Above Standard, Meets Standard, or Below Standard to maneuvers listed under Review.

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Text and photos (if any) Copyright 2005-8 Philip Greenspun.