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Tested by the Extra 300L – two pilots prepare for Solo and Competition Aerobatic Flying!

Final Step to Solo Checkout in the Extra 300L + Aerobatic Flying

I’m working toward the 2019 IAC Sportsman Known Contest Sequence in the Extra 300L, while Dave is working to get his solo checkout. Contest winner Hannah is here enjoying Winnipeg while patiently waiting to have her mind blown in the Extra, as a new PPL with no tail wheel time, yet. 🙂
(Stick around to the end to see how far she has come since we filmed this!)

This is the second of an ongoing multipart series. View the others here:

Part 1 – Extra 300L Checkout (PIC backseat) to Solo + Aerobatic Training!
Part 2 – Tested by the Extra 300L – 2 pilots prepare for Solo / Competition Aerobatic Flying!
Part 3 – First Solo Extra 300L “..the exact right amount of apprehension?!”
Part 4 – This Flight changed her trajectory as a Pro Pilot! – Extra 300L Training

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