Photo of the Week: First Helicopter Trial Flight

senne Senne Vandenputte   /   Nov 10, 2016   /   0   /   3 min read  /  286   /

Photo of the Week: First Helicopter Trial Flight

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This week's photo was sent to us by our member Majoub Al-Noah.

This photo is of me taking my first helicopter trial flight. The day started with me actually having a fixed wing lesson at the airport (moorabbin). I'm currently at the stage in my fixed wing flying that I am very close to going solo, the weather that morning wasn't great and it was fairly windy. I knew it wasn't going to be a great lesson but a great opportunity to get my skill up. After preflighting the aircraft and briefing with my instructor we were ready to go. Just as we began signing the aircraft out I realized I had forgotten my RA-Aus membership (basically a license to fly), so to my annoyance we had to cancel the lesson. For the next hour I went to a great viewing spot at the airport watching other people take off and land, the weather eventually became clear so I went for a walk around the airport. I ended up in a helicopter flight school called 'The Helicopter Group'. After talking with some of the pilots and a tour of their hanger where I got to sit in and look around many helicopters I decided to go for a trial flight. I met my instructor Clark who did a full brief and preflight with me. Everything that he was telling me made sense and I was able to make links to my fixed wing training which was helpful. After take off we headed outbound over the beach, within minutes i had control of the cyclic and soon after the rest of the aircraft, we traveled up and down the coast and did some turns in between. I pretty much flew the whole flight myself except for the takeoff and landing (even though I still followed the controls of my instructor). This was a great experience as I was given the feeling of my first flight again as I found a new perspective of flight. By trying a new branch of aviation those feelings of your first flights are restored, I believe this will be the same as new endorsement so I have bright hopes in my future of aviation. As I headed home I was left feeling motivated to fly, and also with something some refer to as 'the heli bug'.

- Majoub Al-Noah

Majoub Al-Noah helicopter

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Senne Vandenputte

As a 22-year-old Belgian Business Management student, web designer, glider pilot, aviation blogger and founder of Hangar.Flights, Senne is passionate about aviation. He started gliding at age 14 and flew his first solo at 15. Now, he spends his time writing about aviation, creating and designing things, traveling, studying and of course, flying.

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