Quick Stops Bad. Rapid Deceleration Good.

Thoughts? There’s  a thread on the good side of JustHelicopters to discuss teaching and using the maneuver commonly referred to as the Quick Stop. I thought I’d use it as an opportunity to formulate that lesson plan. So how do you teach it, what does it teach, how do you use it, and what do you call it? Post your thoughts and questions here, on the JH thread, or on the lesson and let’s see what we can come up with.

2 thoughts on “Quick Stops Bad. Rapid Deceleration Good.”

  1. Good maneuver to discuss. I teach QS 2 ways. 1) Nice and easy…especially during intro, 2) aggressive. This is because I have more than once needed to do a real-life QS at a busy towered airport to avoid a collision. I make sure that the students understand exactly where their TR is, and how to avoid a strike. But in general, for every day maneuver flights, a gentle quick stop (yes, I use that term…same with Hover Auto vs “Engine Failure in the Hover”). I’m anxious to hear responses from others.

    1. Yeah, I’m leaning toward a similar approach. Focus on the control coordination aspect initially, then show them it can be done more rapidly to dodge an airplane. When I’ve been doing photo flights, I’ve always planned ahead so I can use a rapid deceleration rather than QS’s, and I’ve always been able to dodge to the side for birds, kites, balloons, and parasailers. The JH thread has been pretty active, and I’m planning on putting a lesson together out of it.

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