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[June 13, 2014]


Last week Sky-Tec sent me a brand-new LS starter for free! They shipped it to me quickly and their customer service is top notch. One day I will toss this back on the airplane to see how it compares to the B&C.


There were some pretty gnarly storms in the area, but there was a nice hole around the airport. I grabbed my buddy Peter and we headed up locally to do some aerobatics. Something shocking did happen to me that I didn't understand at the time. I was coming out of a hammerhead, and while I was pulling up, I noticed the airplane was turning, and the ailerons and elevators were ineffective! Yup, I accidentally started to enter a spin. I quickly recovered with the rudder, but I was a little shaken up. After thinking about it, I realized by mistake. I didn't ride the downward slope of exiting the hammerhead long enough to build up sufficient airspeed. I pulled up too soon, and the high G level with low airspeed called the wing to exceed it's maximum angle of attack, causing us to enter a spin. It was definitely eye opening, but I was able to recognize what was happening and recover properly.

Back at the airport Peter taught me how to do an overhead break to enter the pattern. Wow, what a quick and safe way to land. There is simply nowhere in the approach you can loose an engine and not make it back to the runway.

Here is a nice pic of the storm approaching the airport a few minutes after we landed.

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