This Pilot’s Operating Handbook is designed as an operating guide for the pilot. It includes the material required to be furnished to the pilot by 14 CFR parts 21, 27 and 36. It also contains supplemental data supplied by the helicopter manufacturer.
This handbook is not designed as a substitute for adequate and competent flight instruction or for knowledge of current airworthiness directives, applicable federal aviation regulations, and advisory circulars. Nor is it intended to be a guide for basic flight instruction or a training manual. It should not be used for operational purposes unless kept in a current status.
Assuring that the helicopter is in airworthy consideration is the responsibility of the owner. The pilot in command is responsible for determining that the helicopter is safe for flight. The pilot is also responsible for remaining within the operating limitations as outlined by instrument markings, placards, and this handbook.
Since it is very difficult to refer to a handbook while flying a helicopter, the pilot should study the entire handbook and become very familiar with the limitations, performance, procedures, and operational handling characteristics of the helicopter before flight.
This handbook has been divided into ten numbered sections. Limitations and emergency procedures have been placed ahead of normal procedures, performance, and other sections to provide easier access to that information. Provisions for expansion of the handbook have been made by deliberate omission of certain paragraph numbers, figure numbers, item numbers, and pages noted as being internationally blank.