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Autorotation is just 1 of the maneuvers that you will learn in your pilot training.

This maneuver is something you practice so it's like a second nature to you.

There are many other safety maneuvers that you will learn during training that

we all will practice & talk about. 

Below is a pilot video of an autorotation landing.

Watch the video and after read the bottom of the page for the general idea of what the pilot is doing & an explaination of  autorotation.








The autorotation maneuver is initiated when the rotor blade rpm is faster than the engine rpm to the extreme  i.e. engine stops turning & disengages from the main

rot​or system.

This is a general explaination of the maneuver & there are also other reasons for entering an autorotative descent. (no you can't use this as your training)


  • Engine fails  - freewheeling unit disengages engine from main rotor
  • Lower the collective pitch immediately  - to initiate an immediate descent & provide upward air flow through the rotor system
  • The upward flow of relative wind permits the main rotor system to rotate at their normal speed. In effect , the blades are "gliding" in their rotational plane.
  • ​By adjusting  both cyclic & collective pitch controls you can obtain the manufactures recommended autorotation or gliding speed for your descent
  • Maintain rotor rpm in the green arc with your collective pitch control
  • At correct altitude (recommended by the manufacturer)  flare with aft cyclic control maintaining heading & rotor speed with antitorque pedals & collective controls
  • When you have slowed your forward speed & descent to the desired groundspeeds, move the cyclic control forward for proper attitude for landing
  • At this point landing is made softly with proper collective pitch control

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