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From Jim Alsip at Dylan Aviation

Greetings my flying friends
This essay is the seventh in a series titled The Top Ten Best Stick and Rudder Habits. In no particular order, I present ten great habits that promote good airmanship.
Caution: If you practice flying maneuvers to improve your flying skills, you should emphasize good technique when using the flight controls. When you practice using the flight controls with poor technique, you become expert at flying bad maneuvers.
Perhaps the most misunderstood and abused flight control during maneuvers is the rudder. The purpose of an airplane’s rudder is to aid in making a cross wind landing and to control yaw in flight. Yaw is an airplane’s rotation on its vertical axis. Yaw is caused by:
1.  using ailerons (adverse yaw),
2.  propeller P factor during climbing or descending flight,
3.  gyroscopic force typically experienced when rotating an airplane on its pitch axis (push or pull on the stick),
4.  Pilot over-control.
Last month’s essay spoke to the danger associated with pilot induced yaw (over-control using rudder peddles). This month’s Best Habit is to Recognize and Control P-Factor Yaw
Click here to see this month’s feature video: The Fabulous Chandelle

From the IAC

November 2008 isue of Sports Aerobatics magazine. On the cover - Terry Burch at the 2008 AWAC in Pendleton, Oregon. Photo by Robert Bismuth
This issue is online and accessible here:
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News and Rumours

  • Looking at other options for the Cessna 152 Aerobat. I wonder if it would do OK at Moorabbin for ad hoc use and training by David.
  • UPG has recently completed its 100 hrly and propeller overhaul so is looking very swish.It is available for training and solo hire as usual at the same good rates.
  • The Ozaeros Team is undergoing serious aerobatic practice at the Drouin base.
  • Don't forget the AACVC's dinner on Saturday the 31st of July at Theodora Bar and Grill in South Melbourne at 6:30pm. All welcome, subject to seats remaining check with There will be plenty of aerobatics to talk about. 
  • David will be working with another local flying school to help them get started with their aerobatic and tailwheel operatins using their recently purchased Super Decathlon. Perhaps there might be an opportunity for other instructors interested in gaining their spin and aerobatic training endorsements.


David's book, Aerobatics Down Under, is available at at the reduced price of $55 and online at plus now also at Email David and ask about discounts.

This booklet, Learner in a Spin, may also be useful for aerobatic pilots:

Aerobatic Contests

The National Championships at Watts Bridge in Qld have just been postponed to 21-26 September 2021. A decision date for the championships has been set for 10 August 2021 which is not far off.

I still plan to take the Super Decathlon VH-UPG and it will be available for pilots to compete up to Sportsman category.


Happy Flying

Winter in Melbourne can have some great weather for aerobatics so, especially for those competing at the Nationals, hope for some sunny days for the rest of July and into August.

Looking forward to seeing you at the airport soon - keep in touch - email David.

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