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Aerobatics in WA Presentation by Lewis Newman
June 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Lewis Newman, President of the WA Chapter Australian Aerobatics Club and competitor in State, National and International Aerobatics Competitions, will be speaking in the RACWA Club Members Lounge, Friday June 7th from 6PM about the sport of Aerobatics in WA. Mike Watts and Bill Waterton will also be speaking.
Islands in the sky. By WA Aerobatics Champion – Lewis Newman.
As you dance through the sky everything else seems still. There is a majesty in looking up through the roof of an aircraft and seeing islands above you, next second looking out the front of the aircraft to see the ground again, but this time staring back at you. This is the nature of aerobatics, and it’s one of the most surreal things you can do in an aircraft. Aerobatics can seem unsafe, but when you’ve built enough experience and fly a capable enough plane then there is no such thing as out of control.
Getting an aerobatics rating will improve your skills. No matter what aircraft you fly or what licence you have as it is a form of holistic flight. The basics are energy management and manipulation of controls. You Yaw, Pitch, and Roll the aircraft to achieve the desired outcome, the difference from regular flight is that the desired outcome involves being upside-down.
As you become more competent in aerobatics you string manoeuvres together to form a routine called a ‘sequence’. Depending on the number and difficulty of manoeuvres, the sequence will fall into a level of aerobatics. This ranges from the basic level of “Entry” in which you perform the basic manoeuvres from an aerobatics rating to “Unlimited” in which you make the red-bull air race pilots envious.
If you would like to know more the Australian Aerobatics Club holds practice days at Murrayfield every second Sunday of the month and you’re welcome to come down and learn more. The next practice day is on June 9th and starts after Murrayfield competition ends.