Saturday, 23 May 2015

Starting out on the EASA Aerobatic Rating

I've recently started an EASA aerobatic rating course and just as I suspected it is turning out to be a lot of fun. The first couple of hours are set aside for upset recovery and spins. This is of course invaluable training for any PPL (or CPL come to that). 

It is rather surprising how little of the upset recovery and spinning work is done on the standard PPL course. I think if it was to be incorporated it would improve safety in the General Aviation community and undoubtably improve the confidence of new license owners.

So anyway, I've had a couple of sessions so far from Rochester airport in G-FLIP. My instructor is excellent and I hope to make it through the course and do well.

A couple of images from the track of my second session on the 16/05/2015. Squawking 7004 (aeros) we stayed on the Rochester Information frequency.

This below shows the height deviations relating to various manoeuvres. This can get quite tiring!

As I was walking out to do my initial checks on G-FLIP on the 16/05, I couldn't help taking a couple of snaps of this impressive beast. The Kent Air Ambulance. I had never seen it before. It was absolutely immaculate with quite beautiful lines it has to be said.


10/05 Brakes Off: 09:30Z Brakes On: 10:25Z Total: 0:55

Total Time: 130:45

16/05 Brakes Off: 13:10Z Brakes On: 13:55Z Total: 0:45
Total Time: 131:30

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