Aerodynamics for Helicopter Pilots


A sound understanding of aerodynamics is crucial to become a much safer pilot by avoiding dangerous altitudes and situations. This book covers all this, and more.

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Please have a flip through some sample pages from our Aerodynamics book.

What is it?

A practical, hands-on, full colour, perfect bound book of over 270 pages containing hundreds of colour photographs, illustrations and diagrams.


Understanding aerodynamics theory, as it relates to helicopters, is key to being a safe and effective helicopter pilot.  Helicopter aerodynamics is much more than the rotor blades simply “beating the air into submission”, and although it may appear complex, it is a combination of a handful of very basic physics concepts.  A sound understanding of aerodynamics is crucial to become a much safer pilot by avoiding dangerous altitudes and situations.


  • Back to basics of physics
  • Air and pressure
  • Important definitions
  • Lift and drag
  • Helicopter specific terminology
  • Power and performance
  • Helicopter controls
  • Stability
  • Helicopter principles of flight
  • Dangerous helicopter principles of flight
  • Autorotation


The Author:

Written by Captain Mike Becker – one of Australia’s most experienced helicopter instructors with eighteen years experience and over 10,000 flight instructor hours.  He has over 15,000 total flight hours, and is a recipient of the “Captain John Ashton Award for Flight Standards and Aviation Safety” by the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators of London.  Mike Becker has been operating a helicopter flight school since 1995.  As Chief Pilot and Chief Flight Instructor, Mike is operating a fleet of over 20 helicopters and employing a team of more than 30 instructors who deliver over 10,000 training hours per year with 2,000 of these hours NVG specific.

Our Theory:

Our theory encompasses four main series: Foundational, Advanced, Type Technical and Practical and Procedural. We have at least one book from each series available for sale through our E-Shop.

Our theory books have been tried and tested in the classroom by hundreds of civil and military students from all over the world who have benefited from the concise, informative and practical writing style.   It has been proven by some of the highest Civil Aviation Helicopter theory exam pass rates in FAA, EASA, CASA exam settings, and in the Asia Pacific region.


Aerodynamics for Helicopter Pilots is part of a Foundational Theory series of books along with Aircraft General Knowledge for Helicopter Pilots. All others in this series are currently only available to students in our course.

Additional information

Weight 0.85 kg
Dimensions 30 × 21 × 2 cm