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    Aerial Combat -- Autorotation

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    Updated: December 31, 2019 - 9:33pm
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    Gliding and Autorotation

    Most aircraft and aerial robots can glide with their engines off or idling low. Helicopters and jetcopters do not plunge either when the engine shuts down; they are designed to permit a pilot a chance to land through the autorotation of the main rotor blades.

    An aircraft with its engine shut off must dive at least 150 meters and no more than 300 meters per turn. It cannot make 90 degree turns and must move straight for at least two squares between 45 degree turns. The falling leaf is the only maneuver that a non-powered aircraft can perform. This maneuver can be used to put out an engine fire – a 50 percent chance – if the aircraft dives at least 300 meters with four sideslips.

    A non-powered aircraft receives a movement bonus the first time it moves after its engine quits (or is idled). One-half of its previous movement – rounded up – is added to its current movement. For example, if the aircraft was moving at 150 kph when its engine quit, it gets ___ extra squares of movement on its next turn. These ___ squares are added to the movement the aircraft receives by diving 150 to 300 meters.

    If the pilot has shut off his engine and then turns it back on, the aircraft’s speed is immediately set at 90 kph.

    Aircraft speeds might be lowered due to critical hits – or due to deliberate deceleration by the pilot. Aircraft at low speed move after non-powered aircraft but before those flying at full power.