A few months after finishing my initial private pilot training, I finally had an opportunity to taste the world of flight in unusual attitudes. Working with pilot/instructor Will Allen and his Pitts S-2B, we briefed a few of the most basic aerobatic maneuvers, as well as the procedure for recovering his aircraft from a spin. Spin recovery is a a mandated topic of discussion for student pilots, but most training aircraft aren't actually certified for intentional spins, so a theoretical understanding is usually all we have.
The flight itself lasted less than an hour (aerobatic planes don't have large fuel tanks!), but we covered a lot of material, including: stalls, spins, rolls, loops, half-cubans, tight/steep turns, and inverted flight. I definitely had a "moment" after the spins where my body felt fairly uncomfortable, but a short break helped to reset everything and continue the flight without issue. (I'm told one's tolerance for aerobatics quickly improves with a few flights).
On the whole, it was an incredible and absolutely worthwhile experience, thanks in large to Will for his positive attitude and willingness to optimize the content in every way possible. I can't recommend this type of training enough, as even one flight of actual upset attitude recovery has given me a whole new outlook on aviation safety, re-establishing positive control of an aircraft, and heightened awareness to scenarios that can induce dangerous inflight attitudes.
Now I just need an aerobatic plane and enough decent weather (thanks, Seattle) to go out and practice! Thanks for viewing, enjoy!
Pilot/Instructor: WIll Allen
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