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THE HELICOPTER ACHIEVEMENT SCHEME

THE ‘A’ CERTIFICATE (HELICOPTER)

The examination for a helicopter ‘A’ Certificate may be taken on application to a Registered Helicopter or Fixed Wing Examiner. The candidate must successfully carry out the following flying test:

(a)  Carry out pre-flight checks as required by the BMFA Safety Codes.

(b)  Take off and hover tail in over the take off point, with the helicopter skids at eye level, for  approximately fifteen seconds.

(c)  Hover the helicopter slowly sideways, either left or right, for approximately five metres, stop, and hover briefly.

(d)  Hover the helicopter slowly sideways in the opposite direction to bring it back to its original position in front of the pilot, stop, and hover briefly.

(e)  Fly slowly forwards for approximately five metres, stop, and hover briefly.

(f)   Fly slowly backwards, bringing the helicopter back to its original position over the take off point, stop, hover briefly and land.

(g)  Take off and hover briefly, turn sideways either left or right and fly forward to perform two ‘lazy eights’, each at least 30 metres on length. Each time the helicopter passes in front of the pilot it must be sideways on to the pilot.

(h)  At the conclusion of the ‘lazy eights’, bring the helicopter to a halt above the original take off point, hover briefly and land.    

 

(I)   Complete post-flight checks as required by the BMFA Safety Codes.

The above schedule must be completed within one flight and two attempts per examination will be allowed in any one day.

In addition to the above flying schedule, the candidate must answer correctly at least five questions from the BMFA Safety Codes for General Flying and local flying rules.

THE ‘B' CERTIFICATE (HELICOPTER)

The examination for a helicopter ‘B' Certificate may be taken on application to a Registered Examiner. The examination may be carried out by:

(a)  A Chief Examiner (helicopter qualified)

(b)  Two Registered Examiners (the ‘lead’ Examiner must be helicopter qualified)

If your club does not have any Registered Helicopter Examiners, does not have enough Examiners or has any problems with co-ordinating the work of your existing Examiners you should contact your local Area Achievement Scheme Co-ordinator who will be able to help. Names and telephone numbers of Area AS Co-ordinators are available from your Area Secretary or from the BMFA Leicester office.

The candidate must successfully complete the following flying tests.

(a)  Carry out pre-flight checks as required by the BMFA Safety Codes.

(b)  Perform one hovering ‘M’.

(c)  Perform one ‘Top Hat’.

(d)  Take off an climb to a safe altitude.

(e)  Fly a left hand circuit.

(f)   Fly a right hand circuit.

(g)  Perform one stall turn.

(h)  Perform one twenty second nose-in hover.

(i)   Perform one double stall turn. Note that the stall turns must be performed with opposite rotation i.e. first one to the left, second one to the right or vice-versa.

(j)   Perform an approach at 45o to the vertical, landing within a predetermined two metre square.

(k)  Complete post-flight checks as required by the BMFA Safety Codes.

All manoeuvres must be carried out in front of the pilot in a similar manner to the fixed-wing ‘B’ Certificate and, in addition, parts (e),(f),(g) and (h) must be performed in airspace designated by the examiner prior to the test flight. The schedule must be completed in one flight.

Exceptionally, at a pre-determined point in the flight an intermediate landing may be permitted for the sole purpose of refuelling or the fitting of a freshly charged flight battery. This landing may only be made with the prior consent of the Examiners. Two attempts per examination will be allowed in any one day.

In addition to the above flying schedule the candidate must answer satisfactorily at least eight questions from the BMFA Safety Codes for General Flying and Model Flying Displays and local flying rules.