Aerobatic airshow ace Patty Wagstaff, who’s performing on Thursday and Saturday here at Sun ’n’ Fun 2014 in Lakeland, and Extra aircraft distributor Southeast Aero have teamed up to create the Patty Wagstaff Aerobatic School in St. Augustine, Fla. (KSGJ), where both Wagstaff and the company are based. With an aerobatic box adjacent the airport’s primary runway, St. Augustine has long been a magnet for sport aviation and top aerobatic performers.
While aviation safety experts acknowledge the need for high-altitude upset prevention and recovery training (UPRT), delivering realistic training faces a barrier since no Level-D simulators are capable of accurately reproducing high-altitude aerodynamics. No one seems willing to take a business jet to high altitude to train pilots, either.
Sean Tucker’s Tutima Academy of Aviation Safety, which provides aerobatic and upset recovery training in King City, Calif., has partnered with light jet brokerage jetAviva to offer a light jet upset recovery course.
LEARJET 55 AND EXTRA 300, BOCA RATON, FLA., JUNE 23, 2000–“The failure of the pilots of both airplanes to maintain a visual lookout (while climbing and maneuvering) resulting in [an] in-flight collision and subsequent collision with residences and terrain” was the probable cause determined by the NTSB. The midair occurred in VFR weather, with a reported ceiling of 25,000 ft and 10 mi visibility.