19.5. Banked backwards turns

Banked backwards turns are tricky because the cyclic does not follow the rudder...it is the opposite of the rudder. This requires a bit of explanation.

For forwards flight, a left turn consists of left rudder with LEFT cyclic, because the left side of the helicopter faces the inside of the loop.

For backwards flight, a left turn consists of left rudder with RIGHT cyclic, because the right side of the helicopter faces the inside of the loop.

There are two turns in two orientations, which results in four backward turns:

The potential for crashing is pretty high, so I highly recommend practicing these in a simulator before trying them on your heli. I recommend learning the tail-in turns before the nose-in turns because the tail-in turns are easier.

When performing backwards turns, there are three things you need to watch simultaneously: