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Helicopter swashplate function


Animation demonstrating swashplate function in most helicopters. No narration (yet). For the uninitiated, the swashplate is the mechanical device that transfers the pilots input (the cyclic stick) to the spinning rotor. It's tricky because the cyclic stick doesn't usually directly tilt the rotor mast, but causes the rotor disk to fly to the desired tilt. That's why, in the animation, when there's no air, the rotor just spins with no change in tilt. Add air and the rotor blades then fly up or down to acheive the degree of rotor disk tilt desired by the pilot. Please leave criticisms and suggestions as comments. Thanks.