Mike Becker’s Helicopter Handbook


This book is an essential training tool for the student pilot and the fully qualified pilot alike for more than 25 years.



Please have a flip through some sample pages from Mike Becker’s Helicopter Handbook.

What is it?

A practical, hands-on, black and white, perfect bound book of over 400 pages containing hundreds of photographs, illustrations and diagrams.


This book takes you through every manoeuvre and flight sequence required in your helicopter training and in your ongoing career – from effects of controls through to sling loads, mountain flying, navigation, low flying and more.  It breaks down the theory behind the flying and takes you step by step through the flying exercise itself.


  • Syllabus,
  • Important Definitions,
  • Helicopter Components,
  • The Pre-Flight Inspection,
  • Effects of Controls,
  • Elementary Handling,
  • Hovering and Co-Coordinating Controls,
  • The Circuit,
  • Autorotation’s,
  • Limited Power Operations,
  • Confined Area Operations,
  • Low Level Manoeuvres,
  • Mountain Flying,
  • Navigation,
  • Weight and Balance,
  • Jammed Controls,
  • Emergencies and Forced Landings and,
  • Underslung Loads

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.


Mike Becker’s Helicopter Handbook is part of the Practical and Procedural series. All others in this series are currently only available to students in our course.

Additional information

Weight 1.2 kg
Dimensions 30 × 21 × 2 cm