My Prescription for Stall/Spin Training

My feature about stall and spin training in the November issue of AOPA Flight Training is now available online, here.

Excerpts from a Stall/Spin/URT Lesson

In this video, I experimented with the picture-in-picture feature available in Adobe Premiere Elements. Many people are curious about how vigorously you must move the controls in the Extra during maneuvers. I put a camera in the rear cockpit and aimed it at the main flight and engine controls. As you can see, during the basic maneuvers in this video, the Extra needs only smooth, small pulls on the reins to do your bidding. Even a loop doesn’t call for the exaggerated control movements folks are used to seeing in airplane movies. It was also a beautiful day to fly, so I included a few short scenes of…the scenery.

Good Advice About Spin Training

AOPA Flight School Business recently published good advice for flight schools and pilots interested in spin training. You can find the article here:

To Spin or Not To Spin

Guidelines for All-Attitude Training (Stall/Spin/Upset Training)

Rich Stowell, the dean of stall/spin instruction for general aviation pilots, has prepared a great document for pilots interested in all-attitude flight training. Guidelines for Pilots Seeking All-Attitude Training (PDF) is available from the public documents page at the SAFE website.

The document will help you evaluate training providers, and it answers many common questions about all-attitude training, which includes stall/spin/upset training, basic aerobatics, and emergency maneuver training.

BruceAir’s Extra is Back in the Desert for the Winter

The aerobatic season for 2011 in Seattle is over, and I flew the Extra 300L from Boeing Field to its winter home at Boulder City, NV (KBVU) on September 28 (planned route here; if you have Google Earth plugin for Firefox, you can see the actual GPS track here). If you’re interested in an aerobatic ride or stall/spin/upset training in 2012, please check out my website ( and contact me via email. Aerobatic rides and instruction will be available again next spring when the weather cooperates.

Note that aerobatic rides and training are not available at Boulder City. Although I visit Las Vegas often during the winter, my schedule varies, and I am not currently able to conduct commercial operations there. If you’re interested in an aerobatic ride or training in Las Vegas, I recommend that you contact Monarch Sky, based at Henderson (KHND). Monarch Sky has Extra 330LCs and and a Citabria available for basic and advanced aerobatic flights and training.