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Extra 200 Start Procedure

This is a quick guide to the startup and line up checks for the Extra 200. Learning these checks will help when converting to the Extra. Pre-Start Procedure (cold) Canopy closed and locked Harness tight Headset on Flight Controls – Check Full and Free Movement Fuel to Centre tank (horizontal) Propeller Fully Fine (Pushed in) […]

Navigation – Using Mental Dead Reckoning to Calculate Drift

The Dalton Computer or Whiz Wheel is certainly a very good tool, perhaps better than an electronic calculator because it is visual and allows you to check your answers “by inspection”.  A much easier technique however, is Mental Dead Reckoning.  With practice MDR is easy and quick. In this short blog, I will develop the theory from the […]

Navigation – Intro to MDR

In addition to aerobatic training, we teach other flying skills including Navigation. We even deliver PPL training aiming for the quality end of the market rather than a quick skim through to gain a “boy scout badge” only to lack sufficient confidence to enjoy flying later. As I have a background in navigation, it seems natural to […]

How to Fly a Loop

In aerobatics, all manoeuvres stem from just a few “prime” figures and the loop is probably the most important of these since it is most prevalent. Even a Stall Turn (Hammer Head for our colonial cousins) incorporates a quarter loop at entry and exit. If you are to succeed in aerobatic competitions, it is therefore essential […]

Spinning Part 4 – How to Fly the Competition Spin

In previous blog posts we described the judging criteria for the aerobatic competition spin. In this blog I will describe how to fly it and highlight common errors. Aircraft spin differently according to how you enter the spin. If you are to recover on heading, you need to apply a consistent recovery technique to a […]

New Years Resolutions and Aerobatics

What’s your New years resolution? Traditionally the beginning of the New Year calls for strengthening ones resolve to get things done. Aerobatics of course requires commitment and application and therefore needs this resolve. I urge everybody to reorganise their priorities and do it, the only real thing in life is making memories! I used to […]

Spinning Part 3, The Competition Spin

In part 1 I introduced spins and explained the importance of learning to spin. In part 2 I explained the aerodynamics of the spin and the effects of various control inputs. In this blog I will describe the difference between a normal spin and the competition spin and then list the judging criteria. In my next blog (spinning part 4)  I […]

Spinning Part 2, The Aerodynamics of a Spin

When an aircraft wing “stalls”, the airflow detaches from the wing and reduces lift and increases drag. The stall is the name given to this condition which is caused by the angle of attack (alpha) being excessive or going beyond critical. The speed this occurs at varies according to various factors including G, weight, power […]

Spinning Part 1 – Overcoming the Fear of Spinning

During your flying training, you may have been lucky enough to experience a spin. Unfortunately it is no-longer a syllabus requirement for either the PPL or CPL course. So quite probably you will only have been taught how to avoid spin situations. Undoubtedly this absence of experience will have contributed to the mystique of the […]

Preparations for 2016 season

Next years competition calendar is published see aerobatic-training and soon next years sequences will be released. Time to start training! Gary Player is often quoted as saying that his success was down to pure luck …and the funny thing he discovered was that the more he practiced, the luckier he got. Although the origins of […]