SPORTY’S LAUNCHES SECOND AEROBATICS COURSE WITH PATTY WAGSTAFF
Covers the fundamentals of loops, rolls and spins
Five months after announcing a partnership to develop online aerobatics training, Sporty’s and Patty Wagstaff have introduced a second course, Basic Aerobatics. This detailed course is a great complement to in-airplane training and explores three essential aerobatic maneuvers in all their varieties: loops, rolls, and spins.
In Basic Aerobatics, viewers go flying in a Super Decathlon over the beautiful beaches of St. Augustine, Florida, for a detailed look at everything from basic loops to hesitation rolls. Wagstaff explains every maneuver step-by-step, complete with sophisticated animations, and tips for better technique. She also answers frequently asked questions and provides solutions to common errors.
Basic Aerobatics with Patty Wagstaff [#E905A] is available for $99.99. Volume 1 in the series, Intro to Aerobatics [#E312A], is available for $49.99, and both courses can be purchased as a bundle [#E936A] for $129.99.
SPORTY’S ACADEMY INTRODUCES NEW QUIZLET FLASHCARDS
New resources for aicraft checkouts and training
Sporty’s Academy recently launched a series of the popular Quizlet flashcards for its training and rental aircraft. Included in the flashcard sets are aircraft limitations, emergency procedures, and aircraft systems. The flashcards are an excellent resource for aircraft checkouts and general proficiency.
The iPad is one of the most stable computing platforms available today, but it is still susceptible to external factors that can cause it to become unresponsive in flight. Test your iPad troubleshooting knowledge in our latest quiz and learn how to avoid potential pitfalls when using the iPad in the cockpit.
Learning anything new is good for your brain. Whether it’s a new language, hobby or instrument, learning new skills stimulates neurons in your brain which form more neural pathways and helps improve all cognitive tasks.
In the spirit of learning new things, among my most enjoyable responsibilities at Sporty’s is piloting our corporate Cessna Citation SII (S550). Because it’s a turbojet airplane, it requires a type rating to serve as PIC and is certified for a two-person crew. The Citation can carry eight passengers up to about 2,000 miles and cruises about 400mph. It’s powered by Pratt & Whitney JT15D-4B engines providing 2,500 pounds of thrust each.
Jets require pilot-in-command (PIC) proficiency checks annually (61.58). Many airlines, as well as charter and fractional operators, employ alternate training programs that satisfy the same proficiency requirement. Other stand-alone corporate flight departments utilize well-known training organizations that specialize in jet training for both initial, type-rating training and ongoing proficiency training. Most of these training organizations utilize full motion flight simulators and are certified as FAR Part 142 training centers.
Regulatory update: the FAA is allowing pilots to continue to fly if their medical certificate expires between March 31 and June 30 to reduce the burden on the country’s healthcare system and limit the potential spread of the virus.
FAA Aviation Medical Examiner, Dr. John Held, offers aviation medical exams and basic med evaluations at Sporty’s Clermont County Airport on select Saturdays. The cost of the exam is $120. An EKG (if required) is subject to an additional $35 fee.
Saturday, September 19
9am – 1pm
Saturday, October 3
9am – 1pm
Saturday, November 7
9am – 1pm
Saturday, December 5
9am – 1pm
To schedule, please call Sporty’s at 513.735.9100 ext. 0.
For pilots pursuing Basic Med, the required online training is available through two approved sources – AOPA and Mayo Clinic.
VIDEO TIP: STEEP TURNS
Whether you’re a new student pilot or an experienced pro, being able to complete steep turns safely and smoothly requires coordination and good “seat of the pants” flying. Learn some helpful tips for making better steep turns in our latest video tip.
CERTIFICATES, RATINGS AND SOLOS
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