Related articles about aerobatic flight safety
Usually when I write on aerobatic and/or airshow safety, the area I cover concerns warbirds. I’d like to depart from that format for this article because I believe the issue I want to discuss with you here is one of the most important and dangerous issues facing pilots flying today’s ultra high performance aircraft. The issue in discussion here today concerns that area of a display routine we call “ The Downline.”
Nowadays, we are so accustomed to human flight that we sometimes forget that it is not our natural mode of transport, as it is, for example, for birds. Rather, we have altered our reality by designing machines with complex systems that allow us to fly. However, these machines are sophisticated, fragile, and operate in rapidly changing environments. They are imperfect, as they have been designed by the human being, who is himself imperfect.
Dudley Henriques writes this article about the safety elements to consider, based on his years of experience, during the landing procedures of a high performance aircraft such as the P-51 Mustang. An interesting article to read for those aerobatic pilots who regularly fly aircraft with similar performance.
So You Want To Do A Low Altitude Roll (Or....The first rule in aerobatics is learning when and how to think “NO”.)Written by Dudley Henriques
Dudley Henriques, President Emeritus of the International Fighter Pilot Fellowship, sent us this excellent article presented in the European Air Show Council Convention in 2010 about the human factors involved during display flights. With more than 40 years experience flying high performance aircraft and a specialist in aerobatic demonstration flying and aerobatic instruction, he has flown hundreds of air shows in aircraft ranging from a Pitts Special to a P51 Mustang fighter. In this document he describes the importance of dealing with the diversity, decision and euphoria during the display flights.