Unusual Attitudes Require Unusual Training



Our Upset/Aerobatics Program

Our training maneuvers will help you understand the aerodynamics that drive aircraft behavior, especially at attitudes where the aircraft’s convergent, back-to-normal stability characteristics start to break down.

At the same time, you’ll build the aerobatic skills necessary for attitude recognition and control. Click on “Maneuvers and Flight Notes” on the Download Course Notes page for a complete maneuvers description.

From our Flight Notes:

“We’ll start by exploring how an aircraft’s inherent stability determines its free response when disturbed from equilibrium. Free response is what happens when the pilot stays out of the control loop. It’s easier to understand the sources of an aircraft’s complex, self-generated motions when you can break them down into simpler, free response ‘modes’ around each axis. Usually, a moment generated around one axis also produces some form of response around another. From the standpoint of unusual-attitude training, if you understand and can anticipate an aircraft’s ‘basic moves,’ managing the control loop properly to maintain or to re-establish control comes much closer to second nature.”

Zlin 242 with tufted wing (click on image)

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As the project pilot for the new Cessna 162 SkyCatcher, I was interested in a refresher course in unusual attitudes and spins.  My Chief Pilot for Standardization and Training suggested Bill Crawford. Bill came highly recommended from Bombardier Lear and Hawker Beechcraft pilots who were also using his expertise for refresher courses in upset and unusual-attitude training.


The Flightlab program proved to be extremely beneficial. The Zlin’s flight-control forces were very representative of the light control forces seen on the SkyCatcher proof-of-concept airplane and prototype. Flightlab’s Marchetti SF 260 showed some interesting secondary stall behaviors that helped prepare me for possible flight characteristics the proof-of-concept and prototype aircraft might display.


It had been a few years since I was actively involved in spins, so a refresher was definitely needed.  The spin and upset training was exceptional and transferred very well to the SkyCatcher test program.  Bill Crawford provides a safe, thorough, and professional training curriculum, tailored to meet the specific needs of the customeras he did for me. As of this date, we have completed most of the SkyCatcher test program. The training received from Bill was very helpful in accomplishing this.  


C. Dale Bleakney 

Sr. Test Pilot

Engineering Flight Test

Cessna Aircraft Co.

Flight Time:  Approximately 5500 hours

Test Pilot:  8 1/2 years

Engineering experience:  Approximately 30 years. Cessna (8.5 years), FAA (10 years), Boeing (10 years), Cessna (1.5 years), Beech (2.5 years)

BS Engineering/MS Aeronautics


Recommendations: Cessna Aircraft Company, 162 SkyCatcher Spin Test Prep