Basic Gas Turbines for Helicopter Pilots


This informative and easy to read aviation theory book on the workings of the helicopter turbine engine is a must for any pilot planning to convert to a turbine helicopter.

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What is it?

A practical, hands-on, full colour, perfect bound book of over 140 pages containing hundreds of colour photographs, illustrations and diagrams.


Ten years in writing, this informative and easy to read aviation theory book on the workings of the helicopter turbine engine is a must for any pilot planning to convert to a turbine helicopter.  With the learning pilot in mind it provides graphic details of how the turbine engine works in a helicopter, how to operate a turbine engine, and how to cope with some of the problems you may encounter when operating this type of helicopter.


  • History
  • Jet Propulsion Principles
  • How a Turbine Engine Works
  • Air Intake and Filters
  • Compressor
  • Combustion
  • Turbine
  • Accessory Drive Section
  • Exhaust Section
  • Fuel Control Systems
  • Turbine Engine Fuel
  • Turbine Engine Lubrication
  • Seals
  • Engine Starting, Ignition and Shutdown
  • Terminology

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.


Basic Gas Turbines (BGT) for Helicopter Pilot is part of the Type Technical series of books. When using this book, you may also like to refer to the B206BIII Type Technical book.  All others in this series are currently only available for students in our course.

Additional information

Weight 0.55 kg
Dimensions 30 × 21 × 2 cm