Week 10: Garden State Helicopters Piloting Lesson

Week 10: Garden State Helicopters Piloting Lesson

"If you are in trouble anywhere in the world, an airplane can fly over and drop flowers, but a helicopter can land and save your life." - Igor Sikorsky

What did I do:

Growing up a bit of a tomboy, one of my favorite shows to watch with my brothers was AirWolf (an oldie but goodie 80's television series).  So when the opportunity came up to take a helicopter flight lesson while on the East Coast, I couldn't pass it up. Spent an afternoon at Garden State Helicopters in Lincoln Park, NJ for my first lesson. Be forewarned, getting from Port Authority to the Garden State Helicopters’ headquarters was quite the commute consisting of a train ride, a bus ride and an uber ride. Once there, I was glad I made the trip.

Who was with me:

This was a solo endeavor with the exception of my flight instructor of course!  

What did I learn:

I had no idea the helicopter was so light weight, 836 lbs to be exact. That is 3-4 times lighter than my mini cooper. There is a loose piece of string on the front of the helicopter called a slip string or a yaw string which indicates the slip or skid in an aircraft while in flight. It is actually functional and allows the pilot to read the slip-skid indicator without looking down at the instrument panel.

 

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Would I do this again:

Absolutely. As a child, I day dreamed of one day taking Airwolf to Iran and rescuing the rest of my relatives and bringing them all to the US. I'll need to get a little better at flying before I can pull that off! 

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