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    First aerobatic ride of the season

    It was nice in Seattle on Saturday, so I gave the first aerobatic ride of the summer in the Extra 300L. YouTube video:



    To answer several common questions:

    The flight was from Boeing Field (KBFI).

    For more information about the maneuvers, see my aerobatics page.

    Here's where we flew (larger map here):



    The in-cockpit "hero" cam is a ContourHD. The exterior views are from the built-in (pre-HD) camera system in my Extra 300L.






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    Nice approach Bruce, very comforting and confidence building in how you have your rider/pilot sample the manuevers. The Extra 300L is such an amazing machine, very honest, very capable. Thanks for sharing!
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    Here's a video of an introductory aerobatic lesson. The pilot/student had no previous experience with aerobatics other than the spins required for a CFI applicant. Note that I'm not trying to teach competition figures. The goal here is to introduce a pilot to aerobatics and give him a chance to try some of the basics (after all, most aerobatic maneuvers involve only a few elements: lines, rolls, and looping segments). If this customer continues (and I think he's caught the bug), we'll do more repetitions, include other maneuvers, such as inverted flight, 45-degree up and down lines, etc., do more repetitions of basic maneuvers, and include practice with a variety of stalls, incipient spins, spins, and proficiency maneuvers, such as the falling leaf (upright and inverted).

    You can find links to aerobatic training programs at my Aerobatics and Stall/Spin pages and at the IAC website. Those links often include descriptions of the training programs offered by instructors and flight schools that specialize in such training.


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    Hi Bruce,

    Thanks for sharing this.

    regards,
    Andy

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    I've put a few more videos up on my YouTube channel. Some show specific maneuvers; others are highlights from aerobatic rides, such as this one (Note: no audio; I suggest a tune like "Sparkle" by Rubyhorse, but you can play your own soundtrack):


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    My most enthusiastic passenger so far this year. I've now connected cockpit audio to the GoPro, so you can hear ATC and our conversation over the intercom.


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    Highlights from Aerobatic Rides this Summer

    Here's a link to a long video that shows highlights from this summer's aerobatic rides. None of these folks are pilots. They just wanted to experience aerobatics--or they had a spouse or significant other who gave them a gift to celebrate a birthday or other special occasion.

    I've also collected still images captured from the video into a gallery that you see here.


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    Wow that is really cool! Looks like loads of fun! I was lucky enough to get my first ride in an Extra 300L by Jeff Granger. It was a hoot, but I was only good for about :15 before my stomach starting talking to me. Those Extras are incredible machines!
    Brent Owens
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    That's a great video, Bruce. What a way to make a living!

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