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Aerobatic flying training with a new philosophy

FLYING THE WING

Instruction - The Practical Aspects

Instruction is delivered according to our "Flying the Wing" philosophy; the essence of which is the input and feedback from the wing itself through the stick and visualising the forces on the wing. It all becomes clear in the briefings and early airborne exercises. There is considerable exploration on the principles of manoeuvre. During these exercises, which open a sphere of flying far wider than aerobatics, you will be performing aerobatic manoeuvres as a consequence of manoeuvre, rather than a focus in itself. This teaching applies to all aspects of flying from the A380 to basic fighter combat. It’s very different from anything that you will find in any other flying school.

Training Method

The training methodology of Advanced Flying (London) Ltd has its roots back as far as 1916 - so it is not strictly “New” – its just that the wheel may be about to turn full circle.

Beginnings: the Smith-Barry Special School of Flying

The modern flying training teaching methods and instructing syllabus began with Major Smith-Barry in 1916. He set up his Special School of Flying (No 60 Squadron) at Gosport and was later credited by Sir Hugh Trenchard (founder and Marshal of the Royal Air Force) as being “the man who taught the world how to fly”. He created a flying school and developed teaching methods that were described by his contemporaries as being exciting and electrifying. There was a strong emphasis on aerobatics and exploring the capabilities of the aeroplane. No 60 (Gosport) Squadron became an inspiration to the Royal Flying Corps as the quality of the graduating pilots improved dramatically which may have had a significant bearing on the course of the air war.

The Spirit of Flying

Flying training across the world today has its roots in the Smith-Barry system. Sadly, however, the spirit of Gosport seems to have become lost and our young generations seem to find modern flying training comparatively stale. Evidence of this is that less people are learning to fly and continue to improve their abilities. The lack of emphasis and even deletion from the syllabus of teachings on spinning, stalling, manoeuvre and aerobatics are possibly a reason for this; the “fun” bits have been removed. Training aeroplanes have also become more sedentary over the years.

Licensing and Safety

The training system today has been overshadowed by a minefield of licensing trivia – a pilot is no longer referred to as a “pilot”, but a “PPL” or a “CPL”. Meanwhile, safety is not improving significantly; pilots continue to die senselessly year after year from the most basic mistakes resulting from losing control of their craft* (surprisingly similar to pre-1916!). Go to a flying tavern and you are more likely to hear about the intricacies of JAR-FCL vs EASA than how to do a truly vertical roll or how to execute a minimum energy-loss gliding turn!

So this is why we set up Advanced Flying (London) Ltd – to wake up some of that 1916 Gosport spirit “that taught the world how to fly”.

Advanced Flying (London) Ltd makes aerobatics fun and easy to learn. We have avoided the all-too-commonly used “aerobatics-by-numbers” approach with gut-wrenching and violent control inputs which attempt to emulate misunderstood Aresti figures and which mask good technique.

Learning to “Fly the Wing”

We teach a unique method using a gentle but positive style emphasising precise control of the wing. It is a natural flying technique that is remarkably simple and quick to learn; it enables a pilot to master all of the basic and combination manoeuvres with speed, precise control and safety. One learns to “feel” the aeroplane through the stick and rudder. Indeed, on the very first flight with Advanced Flying (London) Ltd, one will be looping, rolling and wing-over-ing continually – saying good-bye to an automotive style of flying forever.

“New” Techniques

Our techniques are “new” in the sense of being re-introduced, but the fundamentals have been known for decades. They appear to have either been forgotten or kept secret. In any case, some has come from Australia – more precisely from Noel Kruse of Sydney Aerobatic School. Other techniques are from the military, particularly fighter combat, such as visualising the Lift Vector and understanding the significance of "Radial G" and "God's Lift". Further ideas come from modern aircraft - such as Flight Path Vector. Recommendations from professional bodies such as the AAIB and CAA statistical findings are significant to our teaching. Old and almost forgotten principles from the "stick and rudder" days are brought back to life, such as control and angle of attack of the wing.

Flight Safety

* Review of General Aviation Fatal Accidents (CAA Publication - CAP 667): This document finds that a causal factor for 50% of fatal accidents is Loss of Control!!!

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