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CONDITIONS: In a UH-1 helicopter.

STANDARDS: Appropriate common standards.


1. Crew actions.

a. The pilot on the controls (P*) will announce their intent to perform a specific hovering flight maneuver and will remain focused primarily outside the aircraft to monitor altitude and avoid obstacles. The P* will ensure and announce that the aircraft is cleared prior to turning or repositioning the aircraft. The P* will announce terminating the maneuver.

b. The pilot not on the controls (P) and non-rated crew member (NCM) will assist in clearing the aircraft and provide adequate warning of obstacles, unannounced drift, or altitude changes. They will announce when their attention is focused inside the aircraft and again when attention is reestablished outside.

2. Procedures.

a. Takeoff to a hover. With the collective full down, place the cyclic in a neutral position. Increase the collective smoothly. Apply pedals to maintain heading, and coordinate the cyclic for a vertical ascent. As the aircraft leaves the ground, check for the proper control response and aircraft center of gravity (CG). Continue to increase collective for a smooth, controlled ascent to a hover.

b. Hovering flight. Adjust the cyclic to maintain a stationary hover or to move in the desired direction. Control heading with the pedals, and maintain altitude with the collective. The rate of movement and altitude should be appropriate for existing conditions. To return to a stationary hover, apply cyclic in the opposite direction while maintaining altitude with the collective and heading with the pedals.A

Note: Air taxi is the preferred method for ground movements on airports provided ground operations and conditions permit. Unless otherwise requested or instructed, pilots are expected to remain below 100 feet above ground level (AGL). However, if a higher than normal airspeed or altitude is desired, the request should be made prior to lift-off. The pilot is solely responsible for selecting a safe airspeed for the altitude/operation being conducted. Use of air taxi enables the pilot to proceed at an optimum airspeed/altitude, minimize down wash effect, conserve fuel, and expedite movement from one point to another.


c. Hovering turns. Apply pressure to the desired pedal to begin the turn. Use pressure and counterpressure on the pedals to maintain the desired rate of turn. Coordinate cyclic control to maintain position over the pivot point while maintaining altitude with the collective. Hovering turns can be made around any vertical axis; for example, the nose, mast, tail of the aircraft, or a point in front of the aircraft. However, turns other than about the center of the aircraft will increase the turn radius proportionately.


d. Landing from a hover. Lower the collective to affect a smooth, controlled descent with minimal drift at touchdown. Ensure the aircraft does not move laterally or aft. Make necessary corrections with the pedals and cyclic to maintain a constant heading and position. On ground contact, ensure that the aircraft remains stable. Continue lowering the collective smoothly and steadily while continuing to check aircraft stability. When the collective is fully down, neutralize the pedals and cyclic. If sloping conditions are suspected or anticipated, (see Task 1062).


Note: Cyclic turns should only be used when necessary.

When landing from a hover to an unimproved area, the crew must check for obstacles under the aircraft.





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229th Notes:
During your check ride you will be asked to perform the following task.

o Vertical take-off to a hover 3 to 5 foot
o Hovering in place for 1 minute
o Hovering Turns, 360° left  and right
o Forward Hovering flight
o Side-ways Hovering Flight