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Author: Agreed   Date: 4/5/2021 11:19:53 AM  +2/-0   Show Orig. Msg (this window) Or  In New Window

Not every helicopter pilot is certificated with an innate ability to do very steep approaches into very confined areas with variablel winds at MGW. That sh*t comes with experience.  Over the years, I've found that if you ask an applicant to show you a steep approach to a certain LZ, they will almost always come in way, way, WAY too shallow, sometimes even losing site of the LZ in the process.

During training, CFI's teach 8-degree "steep" approaches to runways.  In my humble opinion, this is almost useless aside from demonstrating a very basic technique.  They *should* then take the kids out and show them some steep approaches to some sites that they might actually be asked to land in once they get out in the real world.  Trouble is, the low-time CFI's have never done any either.  Who knows.  Ergo, we get guys like the OP who say that a certain type of approach seems to be "too steep" for their liking.  There is no such thing as "too steep" in a helicopter.  Select an approach angle from 1-degree to 90.  Any one will do.  Heck, come down vertically if you want, if you have the skill, and the power, and the balls.

I agree with other posters who say that you put the spot wherever it needs to be in whichever bubble and then fly it down.  Your only glance inside should be - briefly - at the torque gauge to make sure you're not going past the redline.  And if you can't fly and maintain a specific rotor disk angle, you probably should leave such antics to the professionals.


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