September 2015 Issue

Acro Tyro

If you really want to survive your first forays into aerobatics, get some appropriate instruction.

Just as there are different airplanes optimized for different purposes, pilots fly for different reasons. For some, itís just a job, akin to driving a bus. For others, itís a means of personal and business transportation. Still more fly for recreation, like sightseeing or aerobatics. Droning along in the stormy clag and hand-flying an ILS to minimums is the epitome of flying skill for some pilots. Others perhaps couldnít fly an ILS if they had to but can fly, say, a loop or an Immelman to perfection, or safely get in and out of a back-country runway. Different strokes for different folks. Fortunate pilots may combine all of these activities, and others, into their flying career.

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