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Angle-of-attack awareness key to safety

Advocacy | Aug 29, 2012

A recently published FAA advisory circular (AC) offers general aviation an important training tool as the industry strives to reduce the number of fatal loss-of-control accidents.

The upside of upside-down

Article | Aug 23, 2012

At a small New Jersey airport, about 30 pilots gathered Aug. 17 to 19 to test their skill at spins, loops, rolls - and a few more radical maneuvers - inside a square kilometer of airspace. While the International Aerobatic Club has seen membership decline, thanks in large part to a struggling economy, there is plenty of enthusiasm, dedication, and camaraderie to go around.

Topsy-turvy course hooks lifetime flyers, customers

Article | Jul 11, 2012

In the skies over northern Massachusetts, generations of pilots have taken their first taste of a world turned upside down, an introduction to flight inverted that leaves a lasting impression. Many have gone on to learn aerobatics, or get a taildragger endorsement: this kind of flying is pure fun. There's also a serious purpose behind unusual attitude training--just ask any small airplane pilot who has been caught in the wake vortex of an airliner. Learning to master spins, and spin recovery, is another step to building confidence as a pilot, and the skills needed to stay in control no matter what.

Icon video promotes spin-resistant marketing strategy

Article | May 31, 2012

The California company producing a light sport aircraft with sports car looks and a resistance to spins has produced a video demonstration of what happens when you put an Icon A5 side by side with a Cessna 150, pull the power and stick back, and boot the rudders of both.

Icon touts A5 spin resistance milestone

Article | Feb 16, 2012

With a splashy Hollywood debut, sports car styling, and features including folding wings and an amphibious design, the Icon A5 has already attracted plenty of attention. On Feb. 16, the company announced the A5 has passed tests required to establish optional "spin resistant" certification under 14 CFR Part 23.