Sport Aerobatics Magazine Article and Flying the Pitts S-2C

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  1. CC268

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    A while back I posted about my aerobatic training I took at Chandler Aerobatics in the Great Lakes 2T-1A-2. A fella on here, (Stearman), asked if I would be interested in writing a short article for their local IAC newsletter. I of course said yes! So I wrote the article and sent it over to Stearman. Before I knew it, Lorrie Penner, Executive Director of IAC asked if she could submit the article to the Sport Aerobatics magazine editor. Once again, I of course said yes, absolutely!

    Anyways, I will receive a hard copy of the magazine, but for now I have a link to the August issue of Sport Aerobatics with my article in it (page 10). Feel free to read it (I did verify that I could share the link with others by the way). The article is longer and in greater detail than the one I originally posted here. I hope some of you enjoy it.

    https://www.iac.org/files/magazines/SA-2017-08.pdf

    To top this off I got an email from Mr. Ron Chadwick, the local IAC Chapter 62 President here in AZ. He generously offered a free aerobatic ride in his Pitts S-2C! An absolute beautiful airplane. Ron is a very cool guy with quite the background. He flew over 225 combat missions in Vietnam in the F-100 Super Sabre and also flew F-105 Thunderchiefs in the Air National Guard. He is also the owner of The Vertical Works through which he offers aerobatic instruction in his Pitts.

    This thing is a monster! I was amazed at the power when I pushed the throttle forward on takeoff. I have to admit I really over-controlled the plane when we first left the ground. I had a bit of death grip before Ron told me to relax and simply fly the airplane with two fingers and my thumb! I had never flown something so sensitive and light on the controls. This thing was the Ferrari of the skies!

    We headed out to the aerobatic area and we did some steep turns to start off. The plane flies effortlessly, it is amazing. We did a couple rolls - the Pitts is by far the fastest rolling airplane I have flown. The Great Lakes is a pretty slow roller. We practiced some 45 degree uplines as well as some 45 degree uplines and then rolling inverted. Amazing how you can literally roll the plane inverted, let go of the stick, and it will still fly that perfect 45 degree upline. We practiced a couple "wedges" (I think that is what they are called) - we did a 45 degree upline, rolled inverted and then pulled into a vertical downline quickly and held vertical for a while before pulling out. These were a little scary at first! We did a few hammerheads, one of my favorites, before moving into a few loops. Next, we did a vertical roll into a hammerhead, and a half roll on the way down. Finally, we finished off with a snap roll! We headed back to KSDL and I flew the pattern - to my surprise Ron let me land it! I thought I did a pretty good job. He helped me keep it straight once we were on the ground (you really have to be focused about not letting that nose get out of shape).

    What a blast! I only wish I could go back up and do it again. I hope I can make it out to fly the Pitts again someday.

    Special thanks to Mr. Samuel Weaver, Lorrie Penner, and Evan Peers for giving me the opportunity to share my experience with others. Thanks to Mr. Ron Chadwick for his incredible generosity and giving me the opportunity to fly his beautiful Pitts!

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    Congrats on getting printed.... I hope to do the aerobatics one day. Pitts are beautiful planes.
     
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    Awesome! What a shiny Lycoming too!

    I've always wanted to fly a Pitts or at least ride in one. They must be pretty squirrelly with that shorter wheel base and high torque. Bet they're fun!
     
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    Thanks! I'd love to do competitive aero at any level some day...
     
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    Man it was a blast, it's almost a feeling you can't put into words. Definitely been bit by the bug. Ron said the learning curve is actually really quick with landing and taking off in the Pitts...but it is definitely intimidating at first with all that power and speed behind you. We did 120 mph on final in this plane because with that three bladed prop you drop like a rock as soon as you cut power. That 3 blades prop is a serious speed brake! Budd Davisson is across the way (he was out there this morning too) and he has a S-2A. That has the two bladed prop and apparently in that plane you can cut the power abeam the numbers on downwind and be fine.
     
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    Congratulations on the article. It was well written and interesting to read as well.

    I suspect most people who own aerobatic airplanes don't own them to "go somewhere" as many people say about their airplanes, but instead to have a blast in the air. You should join IAC even if it is a few years before you take the plunge and get your own aerobatic mount. Regarding advantages of aerobatic training, in his book, "The Basic Aerobatic Manual," Bill Kershner says "The third factor is that it will likely be the most enjoyable flying of your career, and this is icing on the cake. It will be challenging as well as enjoyable. (Instrument training is challenging and, for some, enjoyable...". ) Mr. Kershner's Cessna 152 Aerobat is hanging in the Smithsonian in Washington. I agree with him on this :) As long as you can hang onto your lunch, what could be more fun!?
     
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    Thanks! Yea I suppose I should join EAA/IAC. I don't think I will have the funds to do aerobatics anytime soon since I have other flying priorities (I am trying to pay for my ratings up to CFI for now as I am thinking about flying for a living). If I had the funds I think I would absolutely do competitive aerobatics at some level though. I think it would be a blast. I hope I can continue to do some aerobatics here and there throughout my flying journey!