Cyclic & Collective
This book has something in it for everybody associated with helicopters, be they pupils, military and civil pilots, instructors, aspiring test pilots or enthusiasts. The author is a test pilot whose experience ranges over more than 43 types, from the Robinson R-22 to the Mi-26. He has an ability to put over complex subjects without resorting to the mathematics which tend to kill interest stone dead.
The book is divided into two sections. The first covers basic helicopter theory, systems, performance and operating techniques as seen from the pilot's point of view. The second section is aimed at those pilots who already know how to fly helicopters, but are interested in broadening their knowledge of the subject. It covers the items in Section 1 in greater depth and continues into design characteristics and systems, including automatic flight control systems, all interspersed with safety hints.
The writing style is light, anecdotal and sprinkled with humorous asides; the package manages to put over a surprising amount of information without inducing furrowed brows. Illustrations are all black and white and clear enough to make the points without over-complicating the subject.
Review by Helicopter International:
"The author of Cyclic & Collective is a well-established helicopter test pilot, with considerable experience too of more commercial flying in some of the demanding areas of the world. Consequently he is well qualified to provide advice and guidance for both the beginner pilot and the professional, as well as those who want to know more about helicopters and how they work.
However to dispense that advice needs more than experience. It also needs a pilot who can write in an easy-going, explainable manner, ideally with a sense of humour to keep the reader awake and interested. Fortunately Shawn Coyle has that knack and this, his second book on the art and science of flying helicopters, is a pleasure to learn from."