Anyone can do the job when things are going right. In this business, we play for keeps.
—Ernest K. Gann
These days, whenever I pick up an aviation magazine, I catch an article about how important stick-and-rudder skills are in primary flight training. My favorite aviation writers "get it." The consensus seems to be that there's a widening gap between learning good airmanship from the beginning of flight training versus playing catch-up and fixing bad habits later.
Less than a month remains before the start of one of the most important championships of the year for aerobatic fans and pilots: the 2013 WAC. This will be the last international championship of aerobatics of the year. (You will recall that the Unlimited and Advanced glider world championships and the European Advanced power aerobatics world championships were held in July and August, respectively. You can read the articles in the "News" section of this site.)
On the Shoulders of Giants FeaturedWritten by Daniel Ventura González Alonso / Aero Club Barcelona-Sabadell / Fundació Parc Aeronàutic de Catalunya
At Sabadell Airport we have the good fortune of combining two aspects of aerobatics: the present and the historical. The present in the aerobatics section of the Barcelona-Sabadell Air Club, and the historical under the direction of the Parc Aeronàutic de Catalunya Foundation, which has been able to recover authentic gems from the aerobatics of yesteryear.
It is nine in the morning, and I arrive to LEIG airfield an hour and a half before meeting with Alex Stegner and Sascha to prepare for what will be my fourth flight at the controls of an Extra 330SC. This flight will not be like the ones before, where I practiced the 2013 “Q” program and my free routine. This time will be my first attempt at freestyle maneuvers, specifically the 45 Degree Tombel and the intense Knife Edge Spin.