Attitude and Power Shifts: Exploring the Dynamics

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Welcome to Exercise 5 of the Basic Lessons in Flying a Robinson R22 Helicopter series with Captain David Dixon! In this episode, we will be discussing attitude and power changes in the helicopter. So grab your pen and paper, and let’s dive in!

**Lesson Overview: Exercise 5 – Attitude and Power Changes**

In this lesson, Captain David Dixon will guide you through the process of changing the attitude of the helicopter to achieve different airspeeds. By manipulating the cyclic, you will learn how to select and hold attitudes that correspond to specific knots. Additionally, you will discover the effects of power changes on the instruments and how to interpret them accurately.

### **Lesson Transcript**

**Changing Attitude for Different Airspeeds**

To begin, Captain Dixon demonstrates how to change the attitude of the R22 helicopter to achieve a different airspeed. By adjusting the cyclic, you can alter the pitch of the aircraft, thereby changing the position of the compass relative to the horizon. This exercise allows you to understand the correlation between attitude and airspeed adjustments.

First, Captain Dixon shows how to select an attitude for 40 knots. By pulling back on the cyclic, the compass positions itself above the horizon. Holding this position, he confirms that the airspeed indicator shows a steady 40 knots. A small adjustment is then made to fine-tune the 40 knot attitude.

Next, the captain demonstrates selecting an attitude for 80 knots. By pushing forward on the cyclic, the compass drops below the horizon. Again, holding this position, he confirms the airspeed building up towards 80 knots. Similar to before, a small adjustment is made to ensure accuracy.

**Understanding Power Changes and Instrument Readings**

Captain Dixon then proceeds to discuss the effects of power changes on the instruments. He notes the initial altitude and manifold pressure settings before manipulating the throttle lever. By decreasing the manifold pressure, the RPM remains steady, resulting in a descending rate of the climb percentage.

To demonstrate an increase in power, the captain smoothly raises the lever, causing the manifold pressure and RPM to increase. At a stable 21 inches of manifold pressure, the RPM remains within the green band, and a slight rate of climb is observed.

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