Water Course

Many people fly with floats, but they are rarely used “in anger”.

This course is designed to give the pilot additional knowledge in case they may one day have to land on water in an emergency.

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Many people fly the Robinson R44 with either Pop-Out floats or Fixed Utility Floats, but they are rarely used “in anger”. On the other hand the question of what to do in the unlikely event of having to land on water does cross most pilots’ minds.

This course is designed to give the pilot additional knowledge in case they may one day have to land on water in an emergency.

The course is between 3 and 4 hours flying, depending on ability, and also 3 or 4 hours ground school. The ground school covers topics you must consider when flying over water, what to carry, flight planning, and what to do in the event of an emergency. The ground school also includes ditching techniques in a non-floated R44.

Flight Exercises

Exercise 1
Robinson R44 Clipper Handling Differences,
Pre-flight Checks, 
Hovering and spot turns
Sideways and backwards flight
Forward flight and out of trim flying
Takeoff and Landings
Exercise 2
Autorotation Differences
RRPM Control in Autorotation
Autorotation Flare Differences and Technique
Emergency Procedures
Exercise 3
Water Approach Recce
Approaches and Missed Approaches to water
Water landings
Water Taxi
Controllability on Water
Helicopter maintenance after landing on water
Ground School
P.O.H. Differences and Limitations
Equipment on board during flight over water
Emergency procedures
Pop-Out Float Limitations and Operation
Emergency Landing – Heavy Seas
Additional Considerations when landing on water

Eligibility

The course is open to holders of PPL (H) or above

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