European Safety Team Releases Updated Flight Instructor Guide

By S.L. Fuller | January 11, 2018

Helicopter pilot looking out of window

The European Helicopter Safety team — partner of the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) — has updated and released a guide for helicopter flight instructors. IHST said the updated guide was developed in coordination with the Australian Government Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

According to IHST, the goal of the 168-page guide is to “provide a primary resource for instructors and a strong foundation for safe helicopter operations.” It was created based on extensive feedback from the helicopter training community.


The guide is organized into two parts: “teaching and learning” and air exercises.

Part one includes:

  • The learning process and the teaching process
  • Training philosophies
  • Techniques of applied instruction
  • Student evaluation and testing
  • Training program development
  • Human performance and limitations relevant to flight instruction
  • Training administration

Part two is composed of 30 areas of fundamental fight operations. That includes: Emergency procedures

  • Power and attitude changes
  • Climbing, descending and turning
  • Basic and advanced autorotation
  • Transitions from hover to climb and approach to hover
  • Spot turns, steep turns and quick stops
  • Practice forced landing
  • Navigation at low heights and in reduced visibility
  • Limited power and confined areas
  • Basic instrument flight

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