What is helicopter?

  • (noun): An aircraft without wings that obtains its lift from the rotation of overhead blades.
    Synonyms: chopper, whirlybird, eggbeater


A helicopter (informally called "chopper" or "helo") is a type of rotorcraft in which lift and thrust are supplied by engine-driven rotors. This allows the helicopter to take off and land vertically, to hover, and to fly forwards, backwards, and laterally. These attributes allow helicopters to be used in congested or isolated areas where fixed-wing aircraft would usually not be able to take off or land. The capability to efficiently hover for extended periods of time allows a helicopter to accomplish tasks that fixed-wing aircraft and other forms of vertical takeoff and landing aircraft cannot perform.

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Aérospatiale Alouette II
... Alouette II (, Lark) is a light helicopter originally manufactured by Sud Aviation and later Aérospatiale, both of France ... The Alouette II was the first production helicopter to use a gas turbine instead of a conventional heavier piston engine ... As a civilian helicopter it was used for casualty evacuation (with two external stretcher panniers), crop-spraying and as a flying crane (with a 500 kg external sling load) ...
... Veritair Aviation Limited is a helicopter charter company based at Cardiff Heliport, in Cardiff, Wales ... It operates year round charter and contract helicopter services throughout United Kingdom and Europe ... for recovering MOD targets offshore and provides a British Transport Police helicopter to patrol and secure railway lines throughout the UK ...
Intermeshing Rotors
... Intermeshing rotors on a helicopter are a set of two rotors turning in opposite directions, with each rotor mast mounted on the helicopter with a ... The arrangement allows the helicopter to function without the need for a tail rotor, which saves power ... by Anton Flettner for a small anti-submarine warfare helicopter, the Flettner Fl 265 and later the Flettner Fl 282 Kolibri ...
Helicopter - World Records
... Record type Record Helicopter Pilot(s) Date Location Note Reference Speed 400.87 km/h (249.09 mph) Westland Lynx John Trevor Egginton (UK) 11 August 1986 England, UK Distance without ...
Aérospatiale Alouette II - Design and Development
... Although Sud-Est's previous helicopter design, the SE 3120 Alouette, broke helicopter speed and distance records in July 1953, it was too complex an aircraft to market ... but with their financial backing the state gave an ultimatum that within 2 years a helicopter had to be in production otherwise all activities around rotary wings would cease ... SNCASE came up with 7 turbo-engine helicopters designs X.310A - X.310G ...