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Vortex Ring State Versus Settling With Power.


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I asked a flight instructor friend and it was explained very basically like this:

 

Vortex Ring is an aerodynamic state of the ship descending in its own rotor downwash...

 

Settling with power was explained like this: You have a wheelbarrow with 150lbs of cement and you are at the top of a hill. If you walk down slowly you can control the speed and stop when you need to. If you come down too fast it will take alot more of your strength to stop and if you run out of strength.....you ain't stoppin'

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I asked a flight instructor friend and it was explained very basically like this:

 

Vortex Ring is an aerodynamic state of the ship descending in its own rotor downwash...

 

Settling with power was explained like this: You have a wheelbarrow with 150lbs of cement and you are at the top of a hill. If you walk down slowly you can control the speed and stop when you need to. If you come down too fast it will take alot more of your strength to stop and if you run out of strength.....you ain't stoppin'

 

 

Yep. And the bigger the wheelbarrow and the more cement in it the harder it is to stop.

 

Noobie Bell Medium drivers take note.

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So is Canada the only place that has different definitions for SWP and VRS, or are the Americans the only ones who call them the same thing?

 

Actually I've been corrected on that one by Cap. He was taught the difference as a youth (between the wars I think) in the States.

 

I think the truth is there is confusion in both countries (not sure about everywhere else).

 

I misused the term settling with power the other day when I meant to talk about VRS. My only point about Canada is that there is an official TC document that defines the terms so there is no more room for debate here.

 

Unless you want to get the Minister of Transport to come down and talk about it.

 

 

 

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