Old_Chief_Scott: Huh. I didn't know that the R44 had a hydraulic boost system. Ya learn something new every day.
markie_farkie: Musta been this guy..
Lsherm: Someone fill me in: why is there a switch to turn off the hydraulics in the first place if they are needed to control the helicopter? Just to make it more challenging?
ActionJoe: While I am not familiar with the specifics of this aircraft. Most aircraft typically have a safety cover to prevent inadvertently shutting down vital systems like hydraulics, fuel, electrical power. To confuse turning a speaker off to turning hydraulics off is beyond stupidity.
BenJammin: An honest mistake.[www.quickmeme.com image 625x491]
Bob The Nob: Pull back on the collective!/ no idea what that means.
joonyer: Can someone tell me why a pilot would want to kill their hydraulics? An emergency leak or something maybe, but why would it be a primary switch on the yoke? Do helicopter pilots regularly have to shut down the hydraulics in flight?
costermonger: joonyer: Can someone tell me why a pilot would want to kill their hydraulics? An emergency leak or something maybe, but why would it be a primary switch on the yoke? Do helicopter pilots regularly have to shut down the hydraulics in flight?The below is entirely speculation from a fixed wing pilot.As far as I can tell, the hydraulics on the R44 exist entirely to damp the cyclic; ie, remove force feedback from the rotor system and make it easier for the pilot to maintain a given control input. That'd mean a hydraulic failure has the potential to make the cyclic stick do weird and wonderful things, so the pilot presumably has to have an easy/close at hand kill switch for that system. Same basic logic as putting the autopilot disconnect switch on the yoke - if it does something bad, you can correct it and shut off the offending system without having to move your hand very far.
RoyBatty: But what a horrible place for that switch, and without any protection either.
costermonger: RoyBatty: But what a horrible place for that switch, and without any protection either.Yeah, but it's only in the last decade or so that anybody designing light aircraft cockpits for a living even learned how to spell ergonomics, so it's hardly surprising.
abhorrent1: Oh look, something is about to happen! Quick, move the camera all over so no one can see it!/god dammit!
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