Turbine Transition Course
This program introduces pilots to basic turbine knowledge academics. The curriculum can be tailored from a specific make and model turbine transition such as the R66 all the way up to larger single or multiengine turbine helicopters.
Hold a private pilot helicopter certificate.
Obtain sufficient dual instruction for proficiency.
Demonstrate knowledge and ability of pilot certificate helicopter operations in a Robinson R66.
2-3 days of ground school instruction
5 hours of dual flight instruction
Aircraft specific models include: AS/SA365N Series, A109 Series, BO105, EC135, R66 AND MD500 Series Helicopters
R66 Turbine Transition Course
The Turbine Transition Course is taught in the Robinson R66 five seat turbine-powered helicopter. The objective is to gain familiarization in the R66 helicopter for pilots that either have no experience in turbine helicopters or no experience in the Robinson R66.
Hold at least a Private Pilot Rotorcraft-Helicopter certificate
Note: The Trainee is not required to have a current flight review or current SFAR 73 signoffs.
Hold at least a current third class medical certificate.
Ground Lesson Elements:
The subject areas below form the foundation of the ground training program, but the Trainee will also review knowledge areas required to give the Trainee a flight review, pursuant to 14 CFR 61.56.
R66 systems and descriptions
Powerplant and accessories
Performance and limitations
Normal and emergency procedures
Pre and post-flight procedures
Flight lesson Elements:
- Straight and level
- Climbs, turns, descents
- Take-offs and approaches
- Rapid decelerations
- Air taxi
- Advanced autorotations
- Hover autorotations
- Pinnacle operations
- Settling with power
- Hydraulics failure
- Shallow approach to running landing
Enroute and off-airport operations
- Confined area operations
- Inadvertent IMC
- Unusual flight attitude recovery
- Emergency procedures
Schedule: 3 Days
Private Pilot Helicopter PTS
Commercial Pilot Helicopter PTS
R66 Power point presentation
The student should display proficiency in the listed maneuvers above and familiarization with the R66 Turbine helicopter during oral and practical examination.