Airplanes were designed for three-dimensional flight. Unlike an automobile, train or boat, an airplane can truly move in three-dimensional space, yet most pilots never learn to fully maneuver the aircraft in this 3-D environment. Student pilots learn to takeoff, climb, turn, descend and land, but thats a very small part of the total flight repertoire of which many aircraft and pilots are capable.

Pilots who have flown aerobatics develop an instinctive awareness of attitude and the fastest way back to straight-and-level controlled flight. They are able to quickly identify upsets and properly react to them, resisting the urge to pull back on the yoke when an upset occurs. They become familiar and comfortable with the mechanics of spin recovery. Aerobatic pilots develop an increased feel and sensitivity for the controls of their airplane, leading to improved handling of the aircraft both on and off the ground.

The new aerobatic student quickly learns that AEROBATICS IS FUN! . . . perhaps more fun than working on any previous rating. The pilot who completes a 10 hour aerobatic course does so because he enjoys it. Learning loops, rolls and spins is exhilarating, and a beneficial side effect is the increased skill and confidence the student takes back to his regular flying experience. The pilot who regularly flies solo aerobatics experiences a unique sense of freedom and personal fulfillment as he fully controls the airplane through true 3-dimensional flight, using the entire flight envelope.

Frequently Asked Questions about Aerobatics:

Q: Is there a special Pilot’s License or “rating” needed to fly aerobatics?
A: No. A Private Pilot certificate is all that is required to fly solo aerobatics. With the exception of airshow flying, the FAA does not regulate aerobatic competency; however, it is the pilot’s responsibility to get the dual instruction required to fly safely. There are no special requirements to be an aerobatic student pilot other than good health.

Q: Isn’t it dangerous?
A: No more so than other types of general aviation activities. Aerobatics is not “stunt flying”. Safety is the prime objective in aerobatic instruction. The International Aerobatic Club (IAC), who sanctions aerobatic competitions, has maintained a perfect safety record for more than 25 years.

Q: Will we wear parachutes?
A: Yes, it’s a requirement by the FAA (FAR 91.307). We have both chair-pack style and seat-pack style available to assure the best cockpit fit.

Q: Will I get airsick?
A: Probably not. Most people find that if they’re busy flying the airplane, they won’t get queasy. Whether you’re flying a structured lesson or just a ride, we encourage you to do as much of the flying as possible.

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