Ten years in writing, this informative and easy to read aviation theory book on the workings of the helicopter turbine engine is a must for any pilot planning to convert to a turbine helicopter. With the learning pilot in mind it provides graphic details of how the turbine engine works in a helicopter, how to operate a turbine engine, and how to cope with some of the problems you may encounter when operating this type of helicopter.
“Basic Gas Turbines for Helicopter Pilots” is written by Captain Mike Becker, one of Australia’s most experienced helicopter instructors. With over 15,000 flight hours, and recipient of the “Captain John Ashton Award for Flight Standards and Aviation Safety” by the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators of London, Mike’s experience provides invaluable insights and real hands-on knowledge. Mike Becker has been operating a helicopter flight school since 1995. As Chief Pilot and Chief Flight Instructor, Mike is managing and operating a fleet of over 20 helicopters and employing a team of more than 30 instructors who deliver over 10,000 turbine training hours per year, with 2,000 of these hours NVG specific.
This theory book converts all this experience into a practical, hands-on guide of over 140 pages, which has been tried and tested in the classroom by hundreds of civil and military students from all over the world who have benefited from the concise, informative and practical writing style. It has been proven by some of the highest Civil Aviation Helicopter theory exam pass rates in FAA, EASA, CASA exam settings, and in the Asia Pacific region.
Written in an easy to understand language. It contains many colour photographs, illustrations and diagrams. It is a comprehensive text that is a must for the helicopter pilot exploring the world of turbine engines.
This book covers the topics of:
• Jet Propulsion Principles
• How a Turbine Engine Works
• Air Intake and Filters
• Accessory Drive Section
• Exhaust Section
• Fuel Control Systems
• Turbine Engine Fuel
• Turbine Engine Lubrication
• Engine Starting, Ignition and Shutdown