If you can get some of the manuals in advance they will be worth it.
I studied the Flight Safety manuals on the S-76 for a few weeks before going to West Palm for the course, and I was surprised that I knew more about the aircraft than some pilots who were there for their 4th or 5th time and flying the machine full-time.
And the only stupid question is the one you didn't ask...
That reminds me of a game we (Vietnam era Army aviators) used to play- discover an obscure part, system or airframe function and challenge each other. Did it add to overall knowledge? Definitely. But I'll ask Huey drivers of old- on the right forward engine mount, at the deck, there's a small metal tab: what is it's function?
For you Astar drivers- how many 'Richard cables' and what controls do they operate?
Don't cheat, answer below....
It keeps that mount in place when the engine is removed/installed.
Five "Richard cables' in the Astar. And yes, I've had that type or control linkage break, in a Jet Ranger. One failure in 48 years of flying.
You can't know too much about your airframe. But it's better to spend that study time learning the stuff that can 'do' you. Like tail rotor control failures in their infinite variations.
Edited by Wally, 11 September 2018 - 12:54.