The Basic Aerobatic Manual, 2nd Edition


The 2nd edition of this book starts with stalls, the chandelle, the wingover and lazy-8's. It then moves to the building blocks of the “outside the normal/utility category envelope” maneuvers: aileron roll, loop and snap roll. These three fundamentals are then put together to form the cloverleaf, cuban-8, Immelmann and snap-at-the-top-of-a-loop, among others. Spins are covered in detail by the author, William K. Kershner, who went as far as spinning at night to track the Cessna 150 Aerobat’s lights on film from the ground and learn more about its spin modes.

Recovery from wake turbulence upset, both visually and by instruments is explained.  We know that avoidance is key, but grasping how to recover might be life-saving: these encounters typically catch the pilot by surprise and occur when the airplane is both low and slow.

A basic aerobatic course is like an advanced driving course: it not only helps with overall confidence, it gives you a better chance of escaping that sudden unusual situation. Plus, it’s great fun!

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Enjoyable and safe flying!

Bill Kershner (William C. Kershner)

Sewanee, Tennessee