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Aerobatics Made Easy: The Flat Spin to a Blender

Aerobatics Made Easy: The Flat Spin to a Blender

Master this move in four easy steps
We recently discussed uniting upright and inverted spins. This month, let’s build on this type of maneuver and take it one step further. Advanced aerobatic pilots are always looking for combinations of elements that, together, can form new and innovative aerobatic moves.
Years ago, during the freestyle event at the Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas, Nevada, I was watching Quique Somenzini combine a flat spin with a blender while recovering at a very low altitude. Watching him perform this combination was simply stunning. At first, the aircraft entered what everyone thought was going to be an ordinary upright flat spin. Then his model quickly transitioned to a rolling vertical downline, where he then performed the blender, which contained an abrupt transition to an inverted flat spin. If you are looking for something new to try, this is a particularly demanding maneuver that is sure to please.

To read the article from the January 2017 issue of Electric Flight, Click here

Updated: May 2, 2017 — 10:33 AM

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