East Coast Aero Club Safety Procedures and Practices

by Philip Greenspun and Kasim Te; revised November 2008

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

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Weather Minimums (VFR)

Aircraft Starting Procedures

Runup Procedures

Taxi Procedures and Collision Avoidance on the Ground

Securing Aircraft

Fuel Reserve

Fire Precautions and Procedures

Re-Dispatch Procedures

In the event of a precautionary landing, notify East Coast Aero Club as soon as practical. The pilot in command is responsible for the aircraft until released by someone from East Coast Aero Club.

Reporting Aircraft Discrepancies

Returning an Aircraft to Service

After a discrepancy has been recorded, only a mechanic may return the aircraft to service. An "open squawk" is one where the squawk list has an entry reporting a discrepancy, but no corresponding entry from a mechanic. The aircraft should not fly with an open squawk. The mechanic's entry may indicate that the problem has been fixed or that the problem can be deferred until the next inspection, but there needs to be an entry confirming that a mechanic has investigated the squawk.

Mid-Air Collision Avoidance

Practice Areas

Minimum Altitude Restrictions


An instructor with less than 500 hours of helicopter time cannot teach autorotations in the R22 if the outside air temperature is higher than 30 degrees C. At high temperatures, you won't have enough engine power to arrest a high descent rate in the event than the flare is not executed properly.

A power recovery shall be initiated at 100' AGL unless all of the following conditions are met:

Robinson Safety Notice SN-38 states "To maintain instructor focus and minimize student fatigue, limit practice to no more than 3 or 4 consecutive autorotations." Instructors will not teach more than 4 autorotations in a row.

Helicopter Maneuvers (including simulated emergency landings)

Miscellaneous Rules


I have read and understood these requirements:

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