March 27, 2014
By Jim Moore
Airshow legend and three-time U.S. National Aerobatic Champion Patty Wagstaff is teaching the fine points of precision flying in Florida, and has teamed up with Extra Aircraft distributor Southeast Aero to formally launch the venture.
The Patty Wagstaff Aerobatic School offers training for competition, recreation, and airshow performing, along with tailwheel and upset recovery training tailored to individuals and corporate flight departments.
“Starting an aerobatic school gives me and my instructors a chance to pass on our experience in aerobatics and upset training, and to help create more skillful and safer pilots,” Wagstaff said in the March 26 announcement. “We have already attracted students from Australia, Europe, and Canada, and we are hoping to become one of the premier aerobatic training centers in the world.”
Wagstaff is also serving as an AOPA Ambassador in 2014, with appearances planned at major airshows and AOPA Fly-In events around the country to share her energy and enthusiasm with fellow pilots.
Southeast Aero President Kramer Upchurch said Wagstaff’s school provides a new dimension to the aircraft sales, maintenance, and avionics business, and a new reason to visit Northeast Florida Regional Airport in St. Augustine, Fla.
“Whether people come to Southeast for maintenance or to buy an airplane, we love sharing aerobatics and the love of aviation with them,” Upchurch said. “Now we can offer a flying experience with one of the premier performers in aerobatics.”
Wagstaff, a 2004 inductee in the National Aviation Hall of Fame, offers training in both the Extra 300L and the American Champion Super Decathlon. Additional information and scheduling requests can be made via email.
AOPA Online Associate Editor Jim Moore joined AOPA in 2011 and is an instrument-rated private pilot who enjoys competition aerobatics.
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