Your Pilot and Airplane
Your flight instructor is Jim Alsip, a Master Certified Flight Instructor with an aerobatic endorsement. As principal of Dylan Aviation, Jim provides specialized flight instruction that has attracted pilots from across the United States, South America and almost every country in Europe.
Jim Alsip is an active member of the International Aerobatic Club (IAC), a charter member of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE), and has been an active FAA Safety Team Representative with the Vero Beach, Florida chapter. Jim regularly conducts PowerPoint seminars at Lakeland, Florida’s Sun-n-Fun Fly-In and speaks at FAA’s Lakeland Production Facility. He also appears weekly on www.gatvonline.com in the GATV segment titled “Hangar Talk,”
You will fly a Super Decathlon, a fully aerobatic airplane with inverted fuel and oil, and certified to maneuver between 6g positive and 5g negative. The Super Decathlon (8KCAB), with 180 hp and a constant speed prop, is a great choice for:
- Aerobatic training – the super D is easy to fly. It is a forgiving aircraft for beginning and casual aerobatics; yet, it has the performance required for aerobatic competition in the Sportsman class.
- Emergency Maneuver Training – the flying scenarios are familiar to the student because the Super Decathlon flies like a Cessna.
Tailwheel training – the airplane provides lots of performance, but it is not intimidating. The Super Decathlon does not have flaps, so it is conducive to the mastery of forward slips, a tailwheel endorsement requirement.