A helicopter is wingless.
It has a rotating wing called a "rotor." The helicopter belongs
to a group of aircraft known as rotorcraft. Rotorcraft become
airborne by way of a rotating wing. Air passing over the
whirling rotor blades lifts the helicopter upward like a wing lifts an
The helicopter is more resourceful than other aircraft.
When taking off or landing, it can fly straight up or straight down.
This allows it to go places other aircraft are unable to go.
Helicopters need very little take off or landing space and can hover while
in the air. Hover means to stay in one place. They can also
fly much closer to the ground than airplanes. Accident victims can
be picked up at an accident scene and flown quickly to a hospital.
Helicopters help farmers plant seeds, fertilize crops, and control
insects. News reporters use helicopters to check and report traffic
conditions on busy city streets. The helicopter is a very important
and valuable aircraft because it can perform many missions in places that
can not be reached by other forms of transportation.
Directions: Answer the questions about
helicopters and their important features.
The rotating wing on a helicopter is called a
The helicopter belongs to a group of aircraft known as
little take off or landing space.
filled with helium.
To hover means to
quickly through the sky.
stay in one
place while in the air.
Which of the following statements is true?
Helicopters can fly much closer to
the ground than airplanes.
Airplanes can fly much closer to
the ground than helicopters.
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