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Aerobatic Rides

From May–September in Seattle, you can enjoy a thrilling aerobatic ride in BruceAir’s Extra 300L, a world-class unlimited aerobatic airplane.

A typical aerobatic ride (see video below) lasts 45 minutes and includes a variety of maneuvers: aileron rolls, loops, barrel rolls, hammerhead turns, vertical rolls, point-rolls, inverted flight—and for true thrill-seekers, tumbles (e.g., a Lomcevak), and spins. More videos are available at BruceAir's YouTube channel.

If you bring a laptop when we fly, I can copy the video files for you after we land. You won't have to wait for a DVD, and you'll have the raw video files to use as you please.

A ride and video on DVD is $375 (cash or check) or $385 if you pay with a credit card via PayPal (button below).

BruceAir’s Extra 300L spends winters at Boulder City, NV (KBVU), near Las Vegas. (There’s not much point in having an aerobatic airplane in Seattle during the monsoons.)

Aerobatic rides and training are not available at Boulder City. Although I visit Las Vegas periodically during the winter, my schedule varies, and I am not currently able to conduct commercial operations there. If you're interested in an aerobatic ride or training in Las Vegas, I recommend that you contact Monarch Sky, based at Henderson (KHND). Monarch Sky has Extra 330LCs and a Citabria available for basic and advanced aerobatic rides and training.

Each May, I bring the airplane back to Boeing Field (KBFI) in Seattle, where I fly from the flight school at Galvin Flying Services.

 If you're interested in an aerobatic ride or stall/spin/upset training in 2014, please contact me via email. Please note that I do not offer aircraft checkouts, tailwheel endorsements, high-performance endorsements, or flight reviews in the Extra. The airplane is not available for solo flight.

Note also that aerobatic rides and training are not available at Boulder City. Although I visit Las Vegas often during the winter, my schedule varies, and I am not currently able to conduct commercial operations there. If you're interested in an aerobatic ride or training in Las Vegas, I recommend that you contact Monarch Sky, based at Henderson (KHND). Monarch Sky has Extra 330LCs and and a Citabria available for basic and advanced aerobatic flights and training.

Because aerobatic flights require better-than-average weather, it’s impossible to guarantee a specific date and time for a flight. But if you want to get on my schedule, send me an email, and we’ll set up some opportunities. I’m available weekdays and weekends, and as the days get longer, the flying window opens wider. It’s best to start planning about a week ahead as forecasts become more reliable.

To learn more about the aerobatic maneuvers you’ll enjoy during a ride, see the Aerobatics page here at BruceAir. To see some of these maneuvers, check out BruceAir's YouTube channel.

Flying at BruceAir

Most people who take an aerobatic ride at BruceAir have never experienced aerobatics, and many have never even flown in a small aircraft. I tailor an aerobatic flight to your preferences, and I strive to give everyone a smooth, fun ride. If you want to try more extreme maneuvers, I can accommodate you. But you’ll probably be surprised at how smooth and enjoyable a basic ride is. For more information about aerobatic rides contact me via email.

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Helpful Tips

Here are some tips to make your aerobatic ride or lessons more enjoyable:

You’re in Charge

Remember that you’re in charge. We’ll do as much or as little aerobatics as you want. If you’re ready to stop after a loop and roll, we’ll enjoy the spectacular scenery from straight-and-level flight.

You’ll fly in the front cockpit. Before we fly, I will give you a detailed briefing about the Extra 300L, the front cockpit, communication and safety procedures, and the parachutes.

The Right Stuff

Some experienced pilots have a very low tolerance for aerobatics, and often non-pilots handle advanced maneuvers with aplomb. So relax and enjoy the flight. Regardless of how many maneuvers we fly, you'll join an elite group of people who have experienced the thrill of aerobatic flight.

And keep in mind that even after giving scores of aerobatic rides and sessions of stall/spin/upset training, I still haven't accumulated enough airsick bag "confirmed kills" on my canopy frame to become an ace.

The Extra 300L

To learn more about the airplane we'll fly, check out the detailed information on my Extra 300L page.

Seattle Practice Area

Practice AreaSeveral aerobatic pilots in the Seattle area fly in a small area east of Lake Sammamish, north of Fall City.

The chart excerpt at right (click it for a larger version) shows my typical route to/from Boeing Field and the practice area.

This area is not an aerobatic box, but it meets the regulatory requirements for flying aerobatics away from certain types of controlled airspace, congested areas, and so forth.

We self-announce on and monitor the air-to-air communications frequency of 122.75 while in the area.

Look out for us if you're flying in this area; we'll be looking for you.

More Information About Aerobatics

If you’re interested in learning more about aerobatics and the maneuvers you'll experience during your ride or training, see my Aerobatics and Stall/Spin/Upset Training pages.