Date(s): Wednesday, March 24 | 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm


Rotor Safety Challenge Course (RSC)
Instructor: Tim Tucker, Robinson Helicopter Co.
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO

Settling with power, also known as vortex ring state, has caused numerous injuries and deaths and significant helicopter equipment damage. This session will explain in detail how to recover from vortex ring state using a highly efficient technique, especially in terms of altitude loss: the Vuichard Recovery Technique. Robinson Helicopter Co. has been teaching this method, developed by Claude Vuichard and tested extensively in Switzerland and the United States, for several years.

Instructor Bio

Tim Tucker is chief instructor at Robinson Helicopter Co. He learned to fly in 1970 in the US Army’s Warrant Officer program and ended up spending 27 years in the military in various capacities (active duty, reservist, and Department of Defense civilian) as an instructor pilot teaching in the army’s UH-1 “Huey.” Overseas assignments included Vietnam, Korea, and Honduras, with the remainder of his service in the United States. Tim received his FAA helicopter flight instructor certificate in 1973 and a few years later purchased the very first Robinson R22 ever sold, serial No. 003. He later went to work for Robinson as a test pilot and, as chief instructor, started a pilot safety course. Along with the monthly Robinson factory safety course, he’s conducted more than 120 foreign safety courses in 31 countries, accumulating 17 foreign pilot licenses along the way. Tim has been an FAA designated pilot examiner in helicopters since 1984 and is authorized to conduct tests in Robinson’s three models as well as 12 other makes and models of helicopter. He has more than 21,000 flight hours, 60% civilian and 40% military.

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