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We are big advocates of continued training for pilots at every level. Whether this means pushing your comfort level with spin training, taming the taildragger by earning a tailwheel endorsement or adding a new rating to your license, we also like to practice what we preach by encouraging our instructors to know and do more advanced training.
This month, our Chief Instructor Jen traveled south to Sean Tucker’s Academy of Aviation Safety (Tutima) to train in a Pitts S2-C with airshow pilot and unlimited category aerobatic competition pilot Yuichi Takagi. During their 8 flights in 4 days, Jen learned intermediate aerobatic maneuvers including rolling turns, avalanche, Chinese loop, accelerated snap rolls, inverted flat & accelerated spins, plus many more. He also demonstrated some of his more exciting airshow maneuvers including the famous Lomcevak (aerial cartwheel). Although she teaches aerobatics in her Decathlon and has done aerobatic competitions, Jen also knows that every pilot should continue their portfolio and push the envelope to expand their comfort level.
We are lucky to have Yuichi teach spins, upset recovery and basic aerobatics with us on occasion. You can also fly the Pitts or Extra with him in King City by scheduling with Tutima. Follow Yuichi in his Pitts through RedFox Airshows. Thanks for the most amazing training, Yuichi!
You have just experienced a mid-air collision, a wing is gone and you are spinning towards the ground! You have just seconds to react…what is the first thing you need to do?
Thanks to Master Parachute Rigger, Allen Silver, attendees of our FAA Safety – Emergency Bailout – seminar now have a better understanding of how to correctly don, use, steer, and get out of a parachute once they have bailed out of an aircraft. Allen delighted the crowd with funny anecdotes and sayings. Taking place in the AeroDynamic hangar, Allen gave an interactive presentation including choosing a “victim” to actually deploy a parachute. Thanks to everyone who participated!
Participants were also treated to our free 2nd Saturday BBQ food. Every second Saturday of the month we cook up hamburgers and hotdogs, and provide snacks all free of charge. It’s a great opportunity to socialize with instructors, staff, owners, and other pilots. Come by next time!
Interested in Aerobatics?
See what an Intro to Aerobatics flight and Competition Aerobatic Training will entail in this video. We include a flight within an aerobatic box of the IAC 2015 Sportsman Sequence flown in a 150-hp Bellanca Decathlon. For more information, visit our Intro to Aerobatics webpage or Aerobatic Training webpage.
To learn more about competition aerobatics, visit the
International Aerobatic Club’s (IAC) website.
Here are samples of Aresti symbols and judge’s sheets used for the 2015 Sportsman sequence