Loops! Rolls! Spins! And a Lomcevak?
How did I come to perform extreme Czech aerobatic maneuvers over the California desert last fall? Aerobatics Camp, of course!
After I earned my private pilot certificate, one of the first things on my mind was upset recovery training — and more specifically, spins. Spins are one of those things that give most pilots the heebie-jeebies, and they should. Stall/spin accidents account for almost 14% of all fatal accidents according to AOPA. More than that, I wanted a chance to beef up my stick and rudder skills, something that aerobatics are great for. And the place I wanted to do it was Tutima Academy, airshow superstar Sean D. Tucker’s own aerobatics school out in central California.
I typically make my way to California a couple of times each year on business, so I decided to wait for my next trip out to the West Coast to visit Tutima. I got my chance in October 2013.