Category: Aerobatics

Upside down? Yes please!

Forced Landing

Conventional wisdom — and statistics — tell us that a mechanical engine failure in a properly maintained aircraft is quite rare. Engine stoppage is usually caused by the dummy in the pilot seat.  Fuel exhaustion is by far the leading cause.  Engine and fuel system mismanagement are also possibilities.  There’s no shortage of creativity in this department.  Until recently, I didn’t know very many people who’d ever… Read more →

Sport Aerobatics Article

Sport Aerobatics is the monthly magazine for the International Aerobatic Club. It’s a pretty good read.  Of all the magazines I get — and there are quite a few of them — I like this one the most.  It’s the smallest, but the content is right up my alley.  “Let’s talk about aerobatics!”.  The magazine is also one of the things IAC… Read more →

Another Day at the Blockhouse

Fellow IAC36 competitor James Pratt borrowed a digital video camera and made this video of his practice session in the Super Decathlon today. This is the aircraft I flew last season before moving into the S-2B. Speaking of which, the video is interesting because there’s a lot of talk about video systems right now. A two camera system is being… Read more →

We’re Going Ballistic, Mav

Alternative titles:  “A Place Called Vertigo”, or perhaps “How to Dismantle an Atomic Pitts” An F-14 has nothing on this baby.  Speaking of which, isn’t it ironic that the Tomcat has been retired while the Pitts Special — a 1940’s design! — is entering it’s sixth decade of production? There’s just no end to the cool photography one can generate when you’ve got an airplane… Read more →

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