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The thing is, helicopters are different from planes. An airplane by it's nature wants to fly, and if not interfered with too strongly by unusual events or by a deliberately incompetent pilot, it will fly.


A helicopter does not want to fly.


It is maintained in the air by a variety of forces and controls working in opposition to each other, and if there is any disturbance in this delicate balance the helicopter stops flying; immediately and disastrously.


There is no such thing as a gliding helicopter.


This is why being a helicopter pilot is so different from being an airplane pilot, and why in generality, airplane pilots are open, clear-eyed, buoyant extroverts and helicopter pilots are brooding introspective anticipators of trouble.


They know if something bad has not happened it is about to.



— Harry Reasoner, 1971.

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"immediately and disastrously.......no such thing as a gliding helicopter."


This is why helicopter pilots also have an inherent mistrust of journalists that like to over-dramatize things.


They know if something bad has happened, a journalist will come sniffing around.


-- Over-Talk, 2011.

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