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.
The next day, which should be the big day for my first flight in the Zlin , ended up being a day in the hangar, since too much gusty cross wind was blowing. Instead I took the opportunity to learn how to adjust the seat of the plane, at the adjustable backrest and at the bottom, and to put it in just the right position for to reach all the positions of both stick and pedals.
81 turns of inverted flat spin was the new World Guinness Record achieved by American air show performer Spencer Suderman over the California desert flying his Pitts S-2B fully prepared for the occasion.
Some aerobatic planes only come as single-seaters. Perhaps you're asking how you can get started flying if you can't train with an instructor on such a plane. Well, everything is a process. I'll tell you what happened in my case and how I came to fly the Barcelona-Sabadell Aeroclub's Zlin Z-50LS single-seater. Mind you, each situation is different and other situations may be similar or different; what I describe below is just one, mine...
If you learned to ride a motorcycle in an english-speaking country, you may already know this acronym: ATGATT. It stands for 'All The Gear, All The Time', and it means that an accident doesn't care if that particular day is 'too hot to wear a helmet'.
For experimented motorbike riders, it is clear that not wearing your helmet, gloves, and some clothing to protect you from impacting the ground involuntarily and then skidding for meters over a less-than-smooth surface, is plain foolish.