Curtis Pitts died at the age of 89 on June 10, 2005 in Miami of complications during a heart operation.
Curtis is a legend in the international aerobatics world. That tiny biplane he designed in 1944 called "The Special," built without any intention of producing a series, with elegant form and design, along with some wonderful aerobatic performances, made the Pitts one of the aerobatic planes that caused the most interest and desire during his time.
Gonzalo O’Kelly is President and Chief Pilot of the aerobatic team, Jacob 52. It is one of the fewer teams in the world formed by five civil pilots flying aerobatic formation with Yak 52s, and the first civil formation aerobatic team created in Spain. Jacob 52 was formed in 1999 when Gonzalo - persuaded by a friend who already owned one - bought a Yakovlev Yak-52. He convinced a few other friends to do the same and created the Jacob 52 Association, an organization with the aim of expanding the sport of aerobatics.
Vedeneyev M14 Engine: A Russian Born Powerhouse
By: Monty Barrett, Barrett Precision Engines, Inc.
The M14 engine is a development of the IA-14 engine (290 hp) and shares some of the accessories and other features of that engine.
Max Immelmann was one of the greatest German pilots of WWI. Son of factory owner Franz Immelmann and Gertrude Sidonie, he entered into the Dresden cadet corps at 25 years old, where he prepared for a successful military career, and later joined the railway regiment Eisenbahnregiment Berlin, earning a mechanical engineer degree in Dresden.
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.