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Ok guys so heres the situation.... I'm in the USMC over seas in Botswana on embassy duty and have another 19 months or so left before I can start doing any actuall flight training. I am taking a trip in june to Hawaii to Mauna Loa Helicopters to go check out the school there seeing as how that is pretty much where I am set to go when I get out. I'm going to take a check ride and look for job, living quarters and all that. I have 3 years of experience working with CH-53s and a bit of air crew time from those years so I have quite a bit of knowledge already for not having any actual stick time.

I know you cant learn how to fly a helicopter from a book or simulator but seeing as how there's like 3 helicopters in this entire country I am wodering if anyone has been in my position before and has any pointers for recomended reading or home flight sims or anything to help me be better prepared next november when me and a fellow Marine in the same boat as myself, show up to flight school. Thanks for your help.

 

JC Brixey

MSG Det Gaborone

SGT USMC

 

MSG. A couple of good books to get in my opinion and from what some others have said would be:

 

Rotorcraft Flying Handbook.

The FAR/AIM is a good one so that you can start to learn the regs that you will need to know.

ASA test prep would be a good one to start learning test questions and how to do them.

Cyclic/ Collective I've heard is really good too, but I don't have this one yet.

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www.sportys.com and a few other websites sell educational software and DVDs, most are fixed wing oriented but the ones on topics like navigation, radio calls, airspace etc. are pretty universal to aviation. Aside from that, the RFH and FAR/AIM, and ASA Private Pilot Test Prep mentioned in previous post are excellent recommendations.

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Check out "Learning to Fly Helicopters" by Padfield, its very easy to read, but more of a beginners book.

 

BTW, anybody know how to stay awake while reading FAR/AIM or Rotorcraft Flying Handbook? I sit in a bath tub full of ice cubes.

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BTW, anybody know how to stay awake while reading FAR/AIM or Rotorcraft Flying Handbook? I sit in a bath tub full of ice cubes.

LOL thats the same problem I have. If I was able to focus and actually study every night like I should, I would have passed my knowledge test months ago.

 

I can go on 8-9 hour flights and feel a constant high the whole time. Put a book in my hands and I'll be asleep in 10 minutes <_<

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Check out "Learning to Fly Helicopters" by Padfield, its very easy to read, but more of a beginners book.

 

BTW, anybody know how to stay awake while reading FAR/AIM or Rotorcraft Flying Handbook? I sit in a bath tub full of ice cubes.

 

I also have to recommend that book. It's a beginner's book to be sure, but it still has alot of useful info for folks that have never gotten any stick time.

 

Funny that you mention MSG duty.... my buddy is gearing up to go to the May MSG class, I believe. Stay safe.

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