I’m often asked about winter flying.  Can helicopters  fly in winter?  The answer is a resounding yes.  We love winter flying.  Smooth air and better aircraft performance make winter flying some of the best.  This post outlines my second helicopter flight lesson back in 2008 and includes some great shots of winter helicopter flying in Spokane.
Winter Flying Landscape

My introduction to winter flying.  This is my second lesson and I actually feel like I’m making progress. I did the preflight check entirely on my own with my instructor watching over my shoulder. I’m getting more conscious of my airspeed and altitude. I’m learning to scan the airspeed and vertical speed indicators and make subtle adjustments with the cyclic and collective. Hovering is getting better. I’m much more relaxed when trying to hover. Still not able to keep it in a hover for more than about 15-20 secs, but that’s more than I was able to do my first day ;-).

I was also able to take several more pictures today.

Winter Flying Picture in the Mountains

Here’s a great picture looking out the front window of the helicopter. Beats the hell out of a cubicle, no?

I took the picture at the beginning of this post as we were returning to the airport at the end of my lesson.

My instructor invited me to fly over to Seattle with him next Tuesday. He’ll be delivering one of the schools R44s for scheduled maintenance. It’ll be a chance for me to fly right seat and log a couple of R44 hours. We’ll be taking the machine to Boeing Field. I’m really looking forward to the trip. I’ll try to get plenty of pictures.

Total Hours To Date: 3.4
Total Training Cost To Date: $1275.00
Total Books, Supplies, and Tuition To Date: $2109.48

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