Neil deGrasse Tyson learns about autorotations

May 05, 2016 | by Sérgio Costa
Neil deGrasse Tyson is one of the best-known scientists and an extremely smart person. But he didn't know helicopters don't just fall off the sky if their engines shut down and can do autorotations.

The guys over at Smarter Every Day decided to show the prominent scientist he was wrong when he said "An airplane whose engine fails is a glider. A helicopter whose engine fails is a brick." at Twitter.

https://twitter.com/neiltyson/status/623117641507557376

He's not quite right is he? An autorotation demonstration is in order.

Neil deGrasse Tyson learns about autorotations

Sérgio Costa

About Sérgio Costa

Sérgio has been a flight simulation enthusiast for nearly 25 years. His passion with helicopters developed during MSFS 2000 when he discovered the complexity of these aircraft and the challenge it was to control them. Since then he has been primarily a helicopter flight simmer, trying his best not to crash and kill all his virtual passengers. Sérgio is HeliSimmer's editor and writer and one of the Three Grumpy Simmers, a YouTube series and Podcast produced together with YouTubers Bel Geode and NovaWing24, obviously dedicated to flight simulation.

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