Tag "aerobatics"

May 3, 2013

Setting Aviation Goals: The SMART Approach

Setting Aviation Goals: The SMART Approach Having goals is something we should always endeavor to do. Not just for flying, but since we are talking aviation that will be the context for this article. Certainly these ideas can be applied to anything else in life. When President Kennedy announced in 1961 that we would put…

February 7, 2013

Teaching myself aerobatics: Don’t try this at home!

Teaching myself aerobatics: Don’t try this at home! Disclaimer: this post is for entertainment only. I do not recommend anyone using the concepts or techniques employed here by the author. Dateline 1992. I was a starving flight instructor flogging my way to a logbook full of flight time in hopes of moving on to the…

February 3, 2013

Airshow Performer Duane Cole

Airshow Performer Duane Cole When I was growing up, one of the best known aerobatic pilots was Duane Cole. It wasn’t because Duane flew a fire-breathing monoplane or did countless snap-rolls on his down lines; Duane was popular because he was an entertainer. He campaigned a modified Taylorcraft for most of his career, which spanned…

January 25, 2013

RV-8 Aerobatics: Video

  I shot this video in 2011 during the 40 hour test phase of my RV-8. The music is totally cheesy and way over done, but at the time it seemed appropriate. I didn’t have a lot of time on the aircraft at this point so the aerobatics aren’t perfect by any stretch – still…

January 6, 2013

Modern Day Barnstormer: John Mohr

Modern Day Barnstormer: John Mohr If you haven’t heard of John Mohr, he’s the guy in the stock Stearman that flies so low you have to be in front of the crowd to see his performance. I first saw John at the Gathering of Mustangs and Legends in 2007 here in Columbus, OH. This airshow…

October 8, 2012

Aerobatics: A Primer

Arizona Aerobatics Reprinted article by George Norris The sky is a deep Arizona blue and the hint of wind that sneaks around the windscreen in the open cockpit has a nice early morning chill. You quickly check your airspeed and altitude and then start a 40 degree dive for the desert floor 2500 feet below….

October 2, 2012

The Bücker Jungster I

My Bücker Jungster I Dateline Spring of 1992 Having my first taste of ownership with the Ercoupe, I set a goal to have some kind of aerobatic mount to go with my 1/4 share of the ‘coupe. The good news, I didn’t need much, just something single-seat to do aerobatics. The bad news is I didn’t…

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