November 11 (Sat) 12:00pm Aerobatic Training Builds Confidence

Event Date: 
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 12:00pm

“Unusual attitude and spin recovery training is the number one way to build competence and confidence in the cockpit. I’ve spoken to pilots with decades of flying experience who’ve confessed they’re frightened of spins. I once asked a roomful of Certified Flight Instructors to raise their hand if they were scared of spins. Almost every person raised his or her hand. This is so unnecessary! Fear mars the joy of flying. Facing that fear takes resolve and action, but is so worth it. Get thee to a school or instructor for unusual attitude training. Just do it already.

Before the ink dried on my pilot’s license, I sought out upset training. I figured the chance of implementing the memorized “P-A-R-E” for spin recovery in an emergency situation was slim. As a newly minted private pilot, I was uncomfortable with stalls and the idea of spins. That first spin was a little nerve-wracking, but I had full confidence in my instructor. To my astonishment, fear actually turned into fun. I immediately joined the International Aerobatic Club (IAC). The mission of the IAC is to promote the safety and enjoyment of sport aerobatics. I was hooked.”

~Beth E. Stanton 7.28.16 for for EAA Aventure Oshkosh


This seminar is a must for every pilot and especially an inspiration for members of FLAG (Fly Like A Girl). In Beth’s own words, “I woke up one morning in the fall of 2009 thunderstruck with the thought: "It would be cool to be a pilot." Out of the blue. No warning. No precedent. No "I've dreamed of flying since I was a little girl". No fascination with airplanes. Nothing. Nada. I had never even flown in a small plane before. Yet somehow, this random wild hair was so compelling, it drew me irresistibly forward. A year and a half later, somewhat dazed with what-just-happened, I was a pilot.

Beth Stanton is a competition aerobatic pilot, speaker and aviation journalist. She is a member of the International Aerobatic Club Chapter 38, EAA and AOPA. The aerobatic planes she has flown are the Extra 300L, Pitts S-2B and 2C, Super Decathlon, Citabria and Lazer 230.

This event qualifies for FAA Wings credit.

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