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Let It Roll

Air show pilot Patty Wagstaff won the U.S. National Aerobatic Championships three times and is a six-time member of the U.S. Aerobatic Team. She's a flight instructor, and after three years of flying an OV-10 Bronco for Cal Fire as an Air Attack pilot during fire season, she is back to full time airshow flying, consulting, coaching, and instructing aerobatics. Patty also runs Patty Wagstaff Aerobatic School based at Southeast Aero, the U.S. dealer for the Extra Aircraft, in St. Augustine.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Pre-Aerobatics


Understanding trim, rudder and angle of attack

Pre-AerobaticsThis summer, I've had the good fortune to fly OV-10 Broncos out of the Chico Air Attack Base.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Teaching An Old Dog New Tricks


Learning to fly is about discipline, desire and skills—not age

Teaching An Old Dog New TricksWhen I'm signing autographs on the flight line, people like to tell me their stories about flying.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Staying Healthy


We need to take care of ourselves in order to be pilot in command

Staying HealthyPilots sit on their butts a lot. We might want to stay in shape.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Oh My God! There’s No Man In The Cockpit!


Change perception through education

Oh My God! There’s No Man In The Cockpit!My friend Mark Magin, Onboard Images President, recently told me a hilarious story. Sitting in first class on a commercial flight, he noticed there was an all- female flight crew.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Perception


It's your perception, not always reality, that causes fear

PerceptionI'm constantly asked about my unique line of work as an air show pilot, "Do you get dizzy?" or, "Do you wear those earrings when you fly?" But probably the question I'm most asked is about fear—"Aren't you afraid when you're diving toward the ground?"
Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Birds Of A Feather


Flying with your bird

Birds Of A FeatherWe're all part bird, aren't we? We have wings, but unfortunately they're only a steely imitation of the real thing.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012

When Procedures Fail


Learning the lesson the hard way

When Procedures FailPilots are a conscientious group. We do preflights, use checklists, and respect our physical and technical limitations.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Include, Don’t Exclude


A look at some of the deterrents to flying and what can be done to reverse them

Include, Don’t ExcludeWe all love stories of how people are seduced by aviation, but it's just as interesting to know what keeps them out.
Monday, December 5, 2011

Coast-To-Coast


The great American road trip...or is it?

Coast-To-CoastThe faster I go, the harder I want to pull back on the yoke. The grey turns into blue, and all I see is sky.