Last month we showed you a video of Destiny Sandlin’s Smarter Every Day YouTube channel shot a flight around Lake Widgeon in British Columbia with helicopter pilot Bradley Friesen to see if a helicopter could land safely if its engine fails. YouTuber aimed to prove Neil deGrasse Tyson wrong when he said: “An airplane with an engine failure is a glider. A helicopter with an engine failure is a brick.”
Now we have another video with a helicopter engine stopped, this time on top of a mountain. “This is a demonstration of what would happen if the engine stopped as you approached a mountain. This is only a simulation and was performed under close supervision, but it shows exactly what would happen, ”the Yellow pilot said in the description of the video.
This means that pilots will have to use autorotation to land the aircraft. Autorotation is a state of flight that is triggered when the main engine of a helicopter fails, it allows pilots to always land the plane safely.
As a routine emergency procedure, autorotation is taught to all helicopter pilots as part of their initial training. During autorotation, a helicopter will see air rising into the rotor system from below while the main rotor will continue to rotate even if the engine is not running.
The video begins with one of the pilots saying they prefer the right side of the mountain to have a bailout in case something goes wrong. Both pilots appear relaxed and confident and agree that their ride so far has been “very pleasant”.
All of a sudden you hear a beep and the pilot seems to panic a bit. “Oooh, engine failure,” he says as the helicopter shivers. This is enough to frighten anyone, but the pilot remains calm throughout the race.
“I got it under control. You fly with me,” he said in response to the other pilot stating that this situation is “crazy”. Still as cool as a cucumber, he then declares that the pilots will descend and land on the Stave River.
He then explains how it glides at 80 knots (148 km / h) and tries to take the helicopter as far as possible. To land safely on one of the beaches below, the pilot indicated that he had to slow down to 50 knots. How does this story end? Does the pilot manage to land safely despite the engine failure? You have to look to find out.