Aerobatic instruction?

Does anyone know of any airports where you can get aerobatic lessons around the Philadelphia/Trenton area?

Do you have your own plane? Is it rated?

No I don’t have my own plane. I actually just got my license, I don’t even have a tailwheel endorsement.

Here is a list of aerobatic schools from theIAC website. One in Doylestown, PA. Close enough?

Or, you could take a trip to Massachusetts and fly with Mike Goulian, of the Red Bull Air Races, at his school…

I used to fly with Mikey way back in the day when I was based at BVY, back before he was a star! He always was a Hot Dog. Good times…

He literally wrote the book on aerobatics (just check Google) and the Super Dec course is just great (I did it)… and If you get addicted you’ll end up shelling out $$$ for the Extra (I didn’t). :smiley:

[edit] Click on “Latest Video” and go to fullscreen. Situational awareness anyone? Whoa.

Awesome video. His facial expressions are priceless. How many G’s is he pulling? Thanks for that post.

Nice post, Deef. Thanks for adding your insight… :wink:

Wait a minute…Did you manage to put your post inside the quoted text? That’s a new one for me.

Thanks for pointing that out, at the time my youngest boy was tugging at my shirt and I was rushing, sorry :blush:

Is ok. I browsed it quickly while talking to someone. Something in my brain was convinced that you had indeed posted some substantial comment, but it took me a few minutes to figure out what was what.

Hey guys, while watching that Mike Goulian video, I thought of a question I’ve been sitting on for a while now. What is the purpose of the spars located on the wingtips of the Extra 300 for? And how come the Extra that MG is flying in that video only has the left one (and not the right)?

Most aerobatic planes have them to help the pilot align his (or her) plane with the horizon at 45-degree increments. It helps with making the maneuvers more precise. The pilot only needs one. It’s his (or her) preference as to which side of the plane it’s mounted.

Thanks Needlenose - exactly what I was wanting to know. Crazy - I’ve wondered this for over a year and you answered it in 5 minutes flat. Perfect! A+

Thanks again,


Glad to help! :smiley:

Now if you watch the video again you’ll notice in the cockpit shots how he focuses on that sight gauge (on the left wing) during vertical maneuvers… looking for level, 45 deg, 90 deg nose-up etc.

One of my favorite “gauges”. K.I.S.S. :smiley: :smiley: