last update 08/17/2004

The Truth about Helicopters

Anybody who is going to deal with helicopters should know
certain things about them, otherwise they'll just drive him crazy!
The thing is, helicopters are different from aeroplanes. An aeroplane
wants to fly by it's nature, and if not interfered with too strongly
by unusual events or by a deliberately incompetent pilot, it will fly.
A helicopter does not want to fly. It is kept in the air by a variety
of forces and controls working in opposition of each other; and if there
is any disturbance in the delicate balance, the helicopter stops flying
immediately and disastrously. There is no thing as a gliding helicopter.
This is why being a helicopter pilot is so different from being an aero-
plane pilot and why, in general, aeroplane pilots are open, cleareyed,
buoyant extroverts, and helicopter pilots are brooders, introspective
anticipators of trouble. They know if anything bad has not happened,
it is about to...
(by Harry Reasoner in the late '60s, when helicopter flying was still fun...
His name was given to me by Mike Glass and somewhat later again by
Nicol Carstens. Thank you, Mike and Nicol!
Still I don't know the source of the pictures. Who knows more???)
...And here even more helicopter jokes, collected by Jolly Green association
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