The House of Rapp

Breaking the Rules: Teaching Snap Rolls

Posted by in Aerobatics, Instructing

Efficient aerobatic instruction is challenging enough when you’re doing a loop, hammerhead, or Cuban. Those figures last ten or fifteen seconds. A snap roll is over in about one second, and what’s happening is far more involved. So how does one teach the ‘snap’ when this complex maneuver is over almost before it starts? The method I’ve settled upon involves using techniques I normally avoid like the plague.

A True Story: Landing at the Wrong Airport

Posted by in Opinion Leaders, Safety

The news outlets have been buzzing about a recent spate of wrong-airport landings. Since those have been well-covered by the media, let me tell you about a very memorable wrong-airport landing I personally witnessed at a most unlikely location.

Mandated Spin Training

Posted by in Safety

The stick-and-rudder skill deficiencies in today’s pilots didn’t start today. It began years ago when they were learning how to fly. Fixing it will require a journey into the past. It’s time to get back to basics, and you won’t cover all the bases unless spin training is a central part of the mix.

Reinaldo Beyer Aerobatic Scholarship

Posted by in Aerobatics

Sunrise Aviation recently announced an annual aerobatic scholarship in memory of Reinaldo Beyer, an outstanding aerobatic pilot, judge, and physician. I think this might be of interest given that my previous post on aviation scholarships has proven to be one of the most popular on the site. I went through a Sunrise aerobatic program after I received my private pilot certificate in 1998, and of all the flying I’ve logged in the ensuing fifteen years, nothing has done more to increase my skill level, safety, and confidence in the air.

Team Aerodynamix

Posted by in Aerobatics, Aviation

Physical ability is less important that good judgment when it comes to flying… but there’s no denying the impressive skill of groups like Team Aerodynamix. Take a look at this video and I think you’ll be hard pressed to disagree.