1. Preflight Inspection
Prior to flight, pilots must conduct a thorough preflight inspection of the aircraft. This includes a visual inspection of the fuselage and wings for signs of damage or corrosion, checking the tires for proper inflation and wear, and ensuring that all control surfaces move freely. Inspections should also be made for oil or fuel leaks around the engine compartment.
2. Engine Start-up Procedures
Starting the engine of a helicopter is quite different than starting a car. The pilot must first ensure that all system switches are in their correct positions. A check of the oil pressure and an inspection for fuel leaks should also be completed before attempting to start the engine.
3. In-Flight Operations and Maneuvers
The Uh-1h Checklist outlines all the necessary procedures for operating the aircraft in flight. This includes maneuvers such as autorotation and hover drills, as well as emergency handling protocols.
4. Autorotation Practice
Autorotation is a maneuver used in the event of an engine failure mid-flight. By utilizing this drill regularly, pilots can become more familiar with the procedure and increase their chances of successfully landing the helicopter in an emergency situation.
5. Hover Drills
Hovering is an important skill for helicopter pilots and requires practice in order to maintain proficiency. The Uh-1h Checklist outlines the steps for successful hovering, including procedures for entering and exiting a hover as well as recommended altitude limits.
6. Emergency Handling Procedures
In the event of an emergency, it is essential that pilots remain calm and follow the appropriate steps outlined in the checklist. This includes shutting down the engine and following any other procedures listed to increase safety.
7. Landing Patterns
The Uh-1h Checklist outlines several different landing patterns and provides pilots with the information they need to select the best one for their flight. This includes considerations such as wind direction, terrain, and visibility.
8. Shut Down Procedures
Once the aircraft has been safely landed, pilots must ensure that they properly shut down and secure the helicopter. This includes ensuring all switches are in the correct positions and inspecting for fuel or oil leaks.