- Oct 30, 2003
- Givens Predator
- Total Flight Time
- 2400+ in rotorcraft
I don't know J.R.I'm not following here, Vance. As I envision the typical dangerous zoom climb, one pulls back, loads up the rotor a bit, and eventually runs out of energy/power to maintain the climb. Pushing forward at that moment (a common fixed-wing pilot stall recovery reflex to regain airspeed) unloads the rotor and that's what awakens the low-g demon. Merely commanding high-g in the climb will not by itself lead to low-g in the aftermath, and doesn't precipitate the problem any more than the take-off did.
Are we talking about a different scenario?
In my opinion using aft cyclic at the top of a zoom climb raises the nose further initiating a back slide. I am already headed down because I have run out of airspeed, reduced the power and my controls feel vague because I have unloaded the rotor.
I am not suggesting that I push the cyclic forward J.R.; just not gently aft as Bryan writes “In a low-G condition, re-loading the rotor SHOULD always be your goal. In almost all low-G events, gentle application of aft cyclic will do that.”
In my opinion if I am approaching zero indicated air speed at the top of a zoom climb aft cyclic will not reload the rotor.
Do you think aft cyclic will reload the rotor at close to zero indicated air speed J.R.?
I recommend to student pilots that they not do zoom climbs.