hover taxi


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hover taxi

The movement of a helicopter or VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) aircraft above the surface of and in ground effect at air speeds less than 20 knots. The actual hover height may vary, and some helicopters may require a hover taxi above 25 ft AGL (above ground level) to reduce ground effect turbulence or provide clearance for cargo sling loads. See also air taxi.
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A spokesman from RAF Valley said the Sea King helicopter flew 10ft above the path, which leads to the summit and performed a "hover taxi" to reach to walker, despite cloud cover limiting visibility.
A spokeswoman from RAF Valley said the Sea King helicopter flew 10ft above the path, which leads to the summit and performed a "hover taxi" to reach the walker, despite cloud cover limiting visibility.
Flying 10ft above the WatKin Path, which leads to the summit, and with cloud limiting visibility to 20 yards, the Sea King, based at Valley in Anglesey, performed what is Known as a "hover taxi" to reach the 45-year-old.
2 side of a taxiing AH-1W Cobra had come open during the hover taxi. He immediately moved toward the aircraft as it positioned above a helicopter pad in preparation for takeoff, got the attention of the pilots, and aborted their takeoff.