Principles of Helicopter Performance
NAVAL TEST PILOT SCHOOL PATUXENT RIVER MD
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This textbook is used as the primary reference for the Helicopter Performance Course at the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School. The Helicopter Performance Course is an integral part of the School curriculum, the particular requirements of which influence the manner and degree of development of these notes. The course is intended to provide a background for the helicopter performance flight projects conducted by the students. The helicopter, with emphasis on the main rotor, is analyzed in various flight conditions to determine the major factors which influence the performance. Simplified analysis is first applied to hover and then extended to include translational conditions after which consideration is given to the effect of some of the more significant simplifications.