First Week of RV Aerobatics

After many days waiting because of bad weather and early nights, I finally took the RV upside down. The footage below is from the second aerobatic flight, as both GoPro cameras went tech during the first flight.

Taildragger Technique: Wheeler Landings

Originally posted on Freedom Aviation Blog:
Originally written by Tony Markl, the article below has been edited and adapted by Benjamin Ward for application in the UK. Tony Markl was a very experienced tail-wheel instructor, clocking up over 17,000hrs in over 40 types of tail wheel aircraft. The original article can be found here. One of the…

Gone Flying Part 2: Joy of Tailwheel Flying

Originally posted on Fly 'n Things:
I’ll run my hand gently over the wing of a small airplane and say to him, “This plane can teach you more things and give you more gifts than I ever could.  It won’t get you a better job, a faster car, or a bigger house.  But if you…

Aerobatics Practice 2

Here’s a short look at a sequence practice and talk through recorded via the Nflitecam smartphone audio cable. I apologise for the grunting. Half cuban Stall turn Loop 180 degree turn Aileron roll    

In-Ear Aviation Headset – FARO AIR

Updated 30/3/2017: An ongoing review of the Faro Aviation AIR headset, so far tested in an Extra-200. Having lived with a dodgy Bose X (military to GA conversion) and a Sennheiser HME-95 (great, just noisy), I decided that it was time to move on to something a little more purposeful. I had been looking at…

XA-42

Firstly, thank you so much do Damian Cox (CEO Wildstone) for the opportunity to fly in his gorgeous red XA-42. The XA-42 is a carbon fibre, unlimited aerobatic aircraft with a 6 pot 315HP Lycoming. It accelerates quicker than my Octavia vRS and rolls quicker than a cheese down Cooper’s Hill. I wasn’t concentrating on…

Aerobatics practice…

I flew solo aeros for the first time in months this weekend. The Citabria climbs soooo much better with nobody else on board! The flight was to run through a few portions of the 2016 Club Sequence. I flew a loop, into a half cuban followed by a stall turn into a roll. I’m getting…

Aerobatics Rating Test

I finally completed my aeros rating test on 11 September 2016. I flew first with CFI Dave, flying individual manoeuvres, spins and then a sequence. After this was complete we dropped into Oaksey Park, popped 10 litres in each tank and I took off alone to fly the sequence (loop, hammerhead, half cuban, roll) followed…

Upset Recovery Training

This was a fun flight, but I was slightly nervous beforehand! We covered: Spinning (done before but Dave needed to see again) Inverted stalls and various recoveries Tail slides This session was all about gaining the confidence to know when you’ve cocked up, and then to deal with it safely. The spinning section was relatively…