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Helicopters won’t just drop like a rock if the engine dies


The myth goes that if a helicopter engine dies, it will drop like a rock and crash. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

Daven Hiskey via Today I Found Out:

In fact, you have a better chance at surviving in a helicopter when the engine fails than you do in an airplane. Helicopters are designed specifically to allow pilots to have a reasonable chance of landing them safely in the case where the engine stops working during flight, often with no damage at all.  They accomplish this via autorotation of the main rotor blades.

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Military Helicopters And ‘Gunfire’ Over Miami, Houston

In today's David Seaman Hour! video segment, I talked about a report posted by ABC 13 Houston that there were, in fact, military helicopters running aggressive urban warfare exercises over parts of the city — this comes just days after disturbing social media reports of similar 'war games' in Miami. If these exercises are merely to train our troops for existing combat zones — namely, Afghanistan — what city over there resembles Houston or Miami? (Hint: None of them do.) And even if these exercises were being conducted with the utmost transparency, would this be a reasonable use of our tax dollars, at a time when millions are unemployed, our education system is falling behind, and our infrastructure is in dire need of upgrades...
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Dead Cat Turned Into Remote-Control Flying Helicopter

I can't see how cats would be happy about this development ... Writes Deborah Netburn in the LA Times:
We've seen a lot of strange things on the Internet, but this dead cat turned into a remote-control flying helicopter may be the strangest yet. The cat helicopter was conceived by Dutch artist Bart Jansen, and debuted for the public at the KunstRai ArtFair in Amsterdam that ended Sunday. Jansen calls his creation the Orvillecopter and describes it as "half-cat, half-machine." The Orvillecopter is exactly what it looks like: A taxidermied cat with a plastic propeller attached to each paw. No animals were harmed for this project. The cat, who was conveniently named Orville, belonged to Jansen and died after he was hit by a car.
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