Aerobatics Course flight training course

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Tuition: $769

Course Description:

Aerobatics Model Airplane Flight Training SchoolAerobatic lessons are taught using the same DAS System crawl-walk-run format experienced in the Primary course to produce maximum results in the least amount of time:

  1. You will be systematically exposed to the techniques shared by the best aerobatic pilots—traditionally learned over long periods of time—from the start.
  2. Each maneuver will be broken down into sequential steps and first practiced in its rudimentary form to facilitate ease, routine, and your ability to think ahead of the airplane.
  3. Once each maneuver has become routine, we will more effectively build in the natural progression of refinements and/or add new maneuvers.

With the experience of training hundreds of aerobatic pilots to draw from, Dave Scott will be able to pinpoint the cause and advise the solution to overcome any trouble spot you may experience along the way, with minimal interruption in your overall progress and confidence. 


Note: Aerobatics courses are available to prior enrollees only. Click here for options if you did not learn to fly solo at 1st U.S. R/C Flight School.

Basic course walkthrough

Refresher/Phase I: Fundamentals will be reinforced, yet in the interest of maximizing total learning, we will practice as much of the Sport Aerobatics program as is practicable in order to, among other things, make the person's general flying seem a whole lot easier, e.g., landing, etc.. Sample of Contents

Phase I. Sport (Basic) Aerobatics: Basic looping and rolling maneuvers will be first practiced individually, and then assembled into a continuous aerobatic sequence of one maneuver after another. Progressive variations will be added to the maneuvers as is practicable. Sample of Contents

Phase II. Precision (Intermediate) Aerobatics: Additional precision is applied to all Sport Aerobatic maneuvers. New maneuvers are added, with the emphasis throughout the week on anticipating the proper uses of Rudder to prevail over both Wind and engine torque, thus enabling a pilot to maintain an uninterrupted sequence of maneuvers in any condition and enjoy the satisfaction of a flight very well done. Sample of Contents

Phase III. Advanced Aerobatics: Inverted flight, knife-edge, slow rolls, and using rudder to put the finishing touches on all maneuvers. Snap rolls, spins, and vertical maneuvers with options on the up and downlines. 3D Lomcevak, rolling turns, and much much more. Sample of Contents

Note: While we present here 4 courses, every aerobatic course is ultimately custom tailored to each pilot's skill level and immediate and future goals. In other words, it is not uncommon for a pilot who started the week practicing Sport maneuvers to progress into precision flying as his skills progress, or an Intermediate pilot practicing wind corrections also working on Advanced snap rolls to provide a change of pace from time to time. Course Calendar 

To progress and succeed in our Aerobatic programs, you need not have practiced extensively beyond Solo. You will find that doing the maneuvers is not hard when things are done in their proper sequence. It is doing them with a higher degree of control, confidence, and consistency over the long term that requires a solid foundation and an organized training approach.

"It is because of the organization of the material, tailoring the lessons to the pupils needs and your constant input, that my learning curve rose steadily and left me with the confidence and complete satisfaction that I could master the aerobatics routine at my home flying field."

- Jim Kropelin. Lewiston, NY

"I was amazed at how well my Ultra Sport flew once I returned from the school -- somebody must have switched planes on me while I was gone. I notice steady improvements each time I fly and this is something I just wasn't experiencing prior to your courses."

- Dan Hammon. Bountiful, UT

"I cannot be more positive about my experience at the school to other flyers. There was no other way for me to advance my skills so quickly. I am not sure any amount of time would have helped this much. As the flight school taught me, I no longer react to what the aircraft is doing. I anticipate what to do and control the plane. The smoothness of my flights is better. My flying is improving and I am having more fun flying aerobatics than ever."

- Ken Weddell. Fremont, MI

Courses run May through September, with each class running Monday through Thursday. The Aerobatics courses are 4 days because aerobatics are learned more quickly than learning to fly solo. Class sizes are held to 2-3 people so each person receives more individual attention and flying.

The instruction, training aircraft, and all support equipment are provided by the school for the tuition of $769.

Typical 4-day schedule

Day 1

  • 9:00 A.M. Ground School start at the flying field.
  • 4-day agenda discussions and setting preliminary goals.
  • Flight evaluations: Reinforcing good fundamentals and correcting any bad-habits.
  • Establishing a parallel foundation and positive control feel.
  • Practice looping and rolling maneuvers, and multiple maneuver combinations.
  • Session review and planning tomorrow's itinerary.
  • Finish approx. 2:00-3:00

Day 2

  • 9:00 A.M. Ground School start at the flying field.
  • Review of the previous day and current objectives.
  • Assembling maneuvers into a continuous aerobatic sequence.
  • Introducing new maneuvers.
  • Routine practice to develop automatic inputs, timing, and confidence.
  • Session review and planning tomorrow's itinerary.
  • Finish approx. 2:00-3:00

Day 3

  • 9:00 A.M. Ground School start at the flying field.
  • Review of the previous day and current objectives.
  • Solo Aerobatics, i.e., less walking you through, and more coaching key points.
  • Focusing on areas needing extra work.
  • Adding applicable refinements.
  • Session review and planning tomorrow's itinerary.
  • Finish approx. 2:00-3:00

Day 4

  • 9:00 A.M. Ground School start at the flying field.
  • Review of the previous day and current objectives.
  • More Aerobatics practice.
  • Adding variations to certain maneuvers.
  • Optional: Experience flying a more advanced model type.
  • Session review and planning home flying objectives.
  • Finish approx. 2:00

The school has several different types of aircraft to match every skill level. You're also welcome to bring your own airplane. Note: In the same way you learned to turn a plane in the Primary course, you will learn to fly better aerobatics through good planning and an emphasis on controlling the plane instead of reacting to it. So while one plane might require more or less elevator than another, the steps that make up each maneuver remain the same. Therefore, whether you fly our planes or your own—since you'll be flying proactively instead of relying on reflexes—you will fly just as well at home.

IMPORTANT NOTICE to aerobatic students bringing their own planes

We require the use of the trainer (buddy) system at all times. This system is also much more conducive to efficient learning by allowing the seamless transfer of control back to the instructor for demonstration purposes.

The right training can make an incredible difference in your flying. Regardless of your skill level, you can be certain that by the end of another week at the School your confidence and skill will be elevated to a point that traditionally would have taken months or years (if ever) to acquire on your own!

Notes for Enrollees:

We strongly suggest that you acquire the appropriate training manual(s) for your skill level prior to the course to familiarize yourself with the terms and techniques that will be used in your training. Manuals Page

Weather: Double sessions will be used to build up flying time if rain is forecasted, or to make up for rain delays.

Note that we do not take a lunch break. We recommend that you keep any snacks that you bring light to avoid the fatigue that typically follows a normal size meal. Cold drinks are a must in the summer time, however, the school does not provide a cooler at the field because students usually prefer to arrange their own coolers the night or morning before training.

Bring enough clothing for a variety of weather. Average May temps: 50 degrees (morning) - 65 degrees (afternoon), June: 50-75, July: 60-85, August: 60-80, September: 50-70. A hat is recommended as well as insect repellent. Sunscreen and sunglasses are necessities!