(Engine on) autorotation onto a small sandy island from 1500 feet, in an R44. 200 miles south of Brisbane.
Landing area selected when directly overhead, followed by airspeed reduction to zero, then spiral descent, then a little airspeed for the flare. Throttle not closed, as not worth the risk in such an isolated location.
Note the clues as to wind direction given by the birds taking off when helicopter is on short finals.
It’s well worth practising engine failure drills, as rare it may be but it’s happened to me for real. In my opinion, arriving accurately at a suitable spot, at the right height, preferably into wind, and without too much forward speed is the most important bit.
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