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Let’s make this an Aerobatic Airplane!

Max 6G Pull + Acro Restriction Removal process!

In this episode we unlock the full potential of the RV-14; Sharing the process of removing the #aerobatic restriction, which was a part of the initial certificate of airworthiness. This airplane checks off a lot of boxes – it is a great IFR platform, but also being capable of aerobatics, and #tailwheel configured was a bit part of the appeal.

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Here’s some additional context from Luke, about exactly what we are doing, and why we are doing it: In Canada, Transport Canada requires an amateur built aircraft to undergo what is known as a “simplified one-off aerobatic demonstration”. Since the airworthiness of an amateur built airplane is entirely dependant on the standards left to the builder. TC provides a straightforward check of items to be completed first to obtain a special flight permit which allows a specifically qualified individual to carry out the aerobatic demonstration flight. The guidance provided is found in Airworthiness Manual Advisory (AMA) No. 549.101A. It should be noted that this process is specific to Canada. Although not required in the USA, it is highly recommended that a properly qualified aerobatic pilot perform a similar validation flight of the full envelope characteristics of an amateur built airplane.

For more information about my favourite debriefing tool, CloudAhoy, and to see their latest blog post, visit: http://blog.cloudahoy.com/2022/12/13/…


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I’m a Private Pilot, doing my best to stay current and learn. I fly for fun and might just be the least cocky pilot on the internet! My self analysis videos can seem self deprecating at times, but I am trying to learn from the small mistakes to avoid making a big one; I’m happy to share and find it rewarding to help other pilots or aspiring aviators in any way that I can. How does the saying go? “Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards”. And in aviation, not all tests are survivable.

My virtual “ride-along” flying videos are aimed and sharing my experiences and giving back to the aviation community which has been so helpful to me. I shoot multi-camera angles, get detailed real time instrument panel shots, and have radio intercom audio. I respect people’s time, so I put a fair bit of work into editing to keep the videos concise and engaging; I add animations and further graphics and voice overs where needed to add context and explanations.

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