Originally Posted by Tim M
I was never clever enough to fly, but the way he explains it is like this: If you have engine failure in a plane you have glide down to ground level & try to find a field or road large enough to land in.
In the event of engine failure in a helicopter the blades generally still turn. A pilot can use them like a parachute to execute a controlled landing in a confined space. I was lucky enough to get a demostration of this in a Bristows Sioux helicopter at Middle Wallop when I was a kid. The pilot switched off the engine twice during the flight & demonstrated two different types of engine off landing. I'd like to say that it was an enjoyable experience, but I was too busy shi**ing myself to have fun