Robinson R22 Beta, G-OPAL, 7 April 2006

Robinson R22 Beta, G-OPAL


An instructor and his student were conducting a basic helicopter training flight when water droplets began to accumulate on the outside of the windscreens in light drizzle. This gradually reduced the pilots’ vision through the windscreens and the instructor decided to fly a circuit in an attempt to clear the droplets. During the transition into the circuit the instructor was monitoring the relative position of another aircraft. Whilst doing so he resisted the student’s attempts to raise the collective control lever, and he may even have lowered it slightly. This was in order to prevent entry into the ‘avoid area’ of the height-velocity envelope. The landing gear struck the ground and the helicopter crashed.

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