The aerobatic division of Sunrise Aviation offers training designed to increase the safety and pleasure of flight. Sunrise aerobatic courses start with confidence and safety training and extend through competition aerobatic programs. All courses are taught to specific completion standards, and course duration estimates are approximate.All aerobatic aircraft at Sunrise are available for solo rental after completion of checkout requirements. The variety offered by the fleet makes it possible for pilots to progress smoothly from aerobatic basics to flight in the most agile aircraft in the world. Sunrise aerobatic instructors are specialists, brought into the program after first qualifying in the many non-aerobatic courses offered at the school.
The FAA added "tailwheel endorsements" to the list of required logbook authorizations in 1991--a long overdue recognition of the special skills and understanding need to fly "conventional" airplanes. At Sunrise, pilots with no prior tailwheel experience can expect to spend approximately two hours on the ground and five hours in the air (Citabria) developing the necessary skills.
This course is designed to complete standard flight training by increasing flight skills in stalls, spins, and basic unusual flight attitudes. Pilots interested in increasing confidence and basic flight skills will find this course quick and effective.
Primary Aerobatic Course: This is the standard course taught at Sunrise to pilots wishing to learn basic aerobatic skills. In addition to the maneuvers listed, pilots are given thorough instruction in tailwheel operations.
Click on any of the maneuvers listed above to view a basic animation.
The aircraft used are Bellanca Decathlons, stressed to 6 Positive and 5 Negative G's. The emphasis of the course is on developing precise skills through detailed instruction on the aerodynamics of each maneuver.
The goal is to produce graduates who continue to improve on their own in solo aerobatic flight. Students can expect to be signed off for solo after completing the first six maneuvers and demonstrating appropriate takeoff and landing skills. After solo, the course completes with the final two maneuvers.
Intermediate and Advanced Aerobatics: Pilots with Basic aerobatic skills may add individual maneuvers as they choose. Maneuvers offered are listed above, but others can be added as desired by the individual customer. Many maneuvers can be mastered in the Decathlons, although progression to the more advanced aircraft is customary as students progress to inverted entries and recoveries.
All Attitude Awareness: Recognition and recovery techniques for severe unusual attitudes.
Three stages of training are available. Each is a stand-alone course designed to build on skills learned in the previous level. As new pilots join the program, previous experience is reviewed to ensure program start at the appropriate level.
Aircraft used in the program are chosen to take pilots through gradient steps from Basic through Unlimited aerobatic performance. All are tailwheel models stressed to a minimum of 6 G's.
Advanced Spin Course Normal, Accelerated, and Flat spins done upright and inverted. This is a comprehensive spin course for the pilot who has intermediate aerobatic skills and wants complete confidence in all possible spin situations. Essential training is given in "Universal Spin Recovery" techniques. The course standardly begins in the Decathlons and finishes in higher performance aircraft.
Formation Course The course takes pilots through the techniques and signals used in formation flying. Three different types of formation are practiced: fingertip, route, and trail. The training is offered in the Decathlons.
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