There are 3 different ways to enter a Helicopter and loads of different combinations and fun stuff, so this is an important maneuver to learn, it also gives you good understanding and feeling for you glider and its limits. The texts below describes three ways to enter a Helico, all which you have to master.
1. From trim speed to parachute phase
2. Spin from trim speed
3. From stable stall; for example after a dynamic full stall
From trim speed to Helico :
This way of entry can be quite hard in the beginning, because you have to have all the timing right.
- Start by center up in you harness.
- Put your legs under your seat.
- Loosen up your chest strap as far as you can.
If you are going to do a Helico to the right let your left hand slide along the left riser, this will help you turn with the glider, it helps a lot in the beginning. Now, start slowing your glider down, the wind noise will start to drop and you will feel the brake pressure go quite high, just at that point just put on little more brake, just an inch, and the glider will start to go back in a tail slide, don’t let it do that for too long , quickly release the left brake and keep your hand on the riser to follow the gliders rotation, start easy up on the right brake until you have a stable rotation, if the tips collapses you can prevent this be pushing out on your risers.
Don’t let go completely of your right brake, just an inch will keep the glider spinning. To stop, just pull down the left brake to stop the rotation, not too much so you stall it but just enough to stop the rotation, then let the glider fly and monitor the dive!!
If you want, it’s easier just to stall it out, the when you are confident and secure you can start stopping it the other way.
If the glider starts to oscillate, its better just to stall it out and try again, it takes a lot of skills to stop a Helico that have started to oscillate.
Spin from trim speed :
To the right, grab your left riser, pull down your right brake to start a spin, let go gradually as you go around and let the rotation continue in a Helico. Sounds easy but it’s a relay difficult and fast entry, don’t practice this until you are secure and confident with the other methods of entry.
From Tail slide to Helico :
This is actually the best way to start learning to do Helicos, the only down side of this entry is that you are in a tail slide when you enter, which means that you are moving slightly horizontal, but backwards though, any horizontal speed Isn’t good in a Helico entry, but you are more likely to get it right from this method in the beginning, just to get the feeling right, without the exact timing needed. This is also the method you have to master if you want to start doing nice routines like, Dynamic full stall to Helico, Mactwist to Helico, and Helico to Helico and so on.
Start by doing a full stall, when the glider goes back start release, as you would in a quick stall, and as soon the glider comes above your head again start slowly to let go of the brakes so the glider slowly inflates with air, but don’t let it fly yet! Now, make sure that the brakes comes of as much so the tips slowly pop’s out, now, release the outside brake and keep the inside brake locked on!!! The glider will now start to fly on its outside side but the inside will still be in a stall.
It’s a good thing just to begging practicing tail slides and this entry without going in to a Helico, it will help you a lot in the future.
A general tip is that it can sometimes be helpful to weight shift just a little bit to the outside to slow that side down a touch. But don’t let it toss you around in your harness, keep your feet’s under you seat, when you do this right, you can then use your legs to slow your body down or just stabilize the Helico a bit.
Master Tips for Helicos
- To start with, Helico is one of the maneuvers that requires the most practice, by far. The input from the pilot has to be so delicate and precise.
- A general tip is that it can sometimes be helpful to weight shift just a little bit to the outside to slow that side down a touch. But don’t let it toss you around in your harness, keep your feet’s under you seat, when you do this right, you can then use your legs to slow your body down or just stabilize the Helico a bit.