The House of Rapp

“Am I Nervous?”: An Aerobatic First Solo

Posted by in Aerobatics, Aviation, Instructing

A student of mine does triple duy as pilot, videographer, and narrator on his first aerobatic solo flight.

Taming the Beast

Posted by in Aerobatics, Blogging in Formation, Instructing

My most memorable flight? There are many to choose from, but one of the most indelible was soloing a Pitts biplane for the first time in the unexpectedly high winds of the desert southwest. Here’s how it happened.

Constant Speed Propeller Maintenance

Posted by in Aviation, Safety

Physical failure of a prop blade or hub in flight is far more likely to kill you than an engine failure. So why do many pilots ignore the relatively infrequent maintenance needed by their constant-speed propeller?

Aviation Myths, Part 3

Posted by in Aerobatics, Aviation, Safety

The three-part series on aviation myths concludes with: stall/spins, flying difficulty, bank angle in the pattern, and are aerobatics dangerous?

Best Bang for the Buck

Posted by in Aerobatics, Aviation

What if one of the most fun airplanes you could ever own was also one of the least expensive? Well get out your checkbook boys — it’s not fantasy, it’s the Pitts S-1 biplane.