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…