For Navy pilots, understanding weather patterns can mean life or death

When I was in the Navy, the officer in charge of our Navy SH-2F Seasprite helicopter crew, Lt. Cmdr. Chuck Taylor, briefed us before we flew off the back of frigates and destroyers, and the subject of air density was often discussed. Here’s why:

Helicopters fly by chopping the air; the denser the sky, the more efficient the rotors become and the less power they need from their jet engines.


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