Spin Endorsements and Upset Recovery Training

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Spin Awareness and Upset Recovery experiences are some of the most important and enlightening fundamental training you may receive in pilot training. Unfortunately, fewer and fewer pilots are receiving this training. Combined with increases in automation, and distractions of some technologies, pilot competence may be decreased. Prior to 1980 all pilots were required to receive spin training, but now only CFI candidates receive any training at all. Spin training in a Cessna 172 just doesn’t really give you the experience of a spin, so you are doing good by reaching out to us for Spin Training and Endorsements.

Let’s get to the good stuff, the Aircraft. Our spin training is in the Great Lakes Biplane. (Plus One Members click here) . The Great Lakes Biplane is a standard airworthiness aerobatic aircraft, designated 2t-1a-2. The aircraft is powered by an AEIO-360 180HP Lycoming engine with a constant speed propellor, featuring an inverted fuel and oil system. The cockpit is open, with durable aerobatic harnesses and seat pack parachutes, the student usually sit in the front seat. In training you will not take off or land the biplane aircraft. The aircraft is a tailwheel aircraft, which requires a special tail wheel endorsement and experience operating an aircraft with limited visibility. Click here for information about tail wheel training and learning to fly the Great Lakes.

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Spin Training and Upset Recovery Program Overview

  • 1 hour of Ground Training at the AeroSquadron Hangar (Gibbs Flight Service complex)

    • Spin Aerodynamics and Great Lakes Information

    • Types of spins, how they relate and the recovery techniques

    • Upset recovery overview. Simple piston aircraft, and high altitude swept wing jet. (United’s techniques)

  • 1 Flight hour of Spin and Upset Recovery Training

    • Steep Turns and Falling Leaf stalls

    • Accelerated Stalls and Loss of Control due to extreme skidding

    • Spins and Upset Recovery - Demo and Practice

    • Demo if desired: Loop, Hammer head and Barrel Roll

  • In Depth Debrief

    • GoPro 7 Camera footage included for debrief and student motivation.

Costs of CFI SPin endorsements

Our Spin Endorsements are a once in a life time experience with the open cockpit biplane experience, CFI endorsement, Upset Recovery training and an Aerobatic Introduction all in one. Included are Airline and Corporate flight job mentorship. We include a GoPro 7 video of your experience to share with your friends and family.

$499 for one, but with group of 2 or more we charge $450.

The 'Plus One Flyers' Great Lakes Biplane

Great Lakes 3617L, Aerobatic and Standard Air Worthiness. Super Fun!

Great Lakes 3617L, Aerobatic and Standard Air Worthiness. Super Fun!

Thank you for visiting our blog about Great Lakes N3617L. The Aircraft is owned by Erich Moulder and Jim Kapenas and placed in the flying club in October of 2019. Our goal is to share the passion of vintage flying and provide an opportunity for club members to learn to fly, solo and do aerobatics in this wonderful aircraft. Honestly, the best part of flying this aircraft is flying up and down the beach or exploring the beautiful countryside with a friend, loved one or business connection. The impact on your passenger is much stronger than taking a ride in a C-172 I assure you! Huge street credit for ya. (Training and Checkouts call Erich 619.929.1025)

The Great Lakes Biplane is a certified aerobatic aircraft, designated 2t-1a-2. The aircraft is powered by an AEIO-360 180HP Lycoming engine with a constant speed propellor, featuring an inverted fuel and oil system. Range is about 300 nm, 26 gallons of fuel, 8-12 gal/hour. The cockpit is open, with durable harnesses and seat cushions available, the student usually sit in the front seat for initial training before checkout. The aircraft is a tailwheel aircraft, which requires a special tail wheel endorsement and experience operating an aircraft with limited visibility.

Just a snippet of the amazing views you will experience with this aircraft!

Just a snippet of the amazing views you will experience with this aircraft!

Tail Wheel fun: this is probably the easiest tail wheel aircraft you can fly!

Tail Wheel fun: this is probably the easiest tail wheel aircraft you can fly!

Jim and Erich have been operating the Great Lakes for the last 9 years, and now own 4 Great Lakes biplanes. We have made all the modifications that make this aircraft reliable and such and amazing aircraft to enjoy.

  • Moving Map (AvMap IV) Feel free to download manuals

  • New Garmin Radio with Custom Stick Grip. ICS/ATC transmit Thumb Switch for easy use.

  • Larger kevlar (optional) tires, which provide faster deceleration and better control on landing.

  • Large front windscreen to provide passengers a more comfortable experience.

  • Overhauled Tail Wheel Assembly with new beefy parts from Airframes Alaska. Less Shimmies!

  • Recent top down restoration by the best mechanic this side of the Mississippi, Lyle Richards at Gibbs Maintenance. We call him the ‘Mad Scientist’ because he is so darn knowledgeable and capable.

  • Extensive Maintenance from Gibbs. This great team of mechanics have been working on Great Lakes since the first one appeared on the field in 1973 in ‘sleepy hallow’. Click here for the history of N502GL, the beloved ‘Peaches’. They know more about the Great Lakes than anyone except maybe the manufacturer.

New Garmin Radio, No Static by MT SOLEDAD! 2 place Intercom. Hot mike can work, but we have the default set for PTT for ICS, which keeps LOWERS noise significantly. Don’t mess with the radio settings please!

New Garmin Radio, No Static by MT SOLEDAD! 2 place Intercom. Hot mike can work, but we have the default set for PTT for ICS, which keeps LOWERS noise significantly. Don’t mess with the radio settings please!

AFT PILOT cockpit. Solo from the Rear Seat only! The large AvMap is automatic. Turns on and boots up with the radio.

AFT PILOT cockpit. Solo from the Rear Seat only! The large AvMap is automatic. Turns on and boots up with the radio.

Front Cockpit. Ensure you brief your passengers about the heal brakes and the delicate fabric.

Front Cockpit. Ensure you brief your passengers about the heal brakes and the delicate fabric.

Custom Pilot Grip, Push forward for ICS, switch AFT for ATC comms. Extra button doesnt have a purpose yet.

Custom Pilot Grip, Push forward for ICS, switch AFT for ATC comms. Extra button doesnt have a purpose yet.

Be Careful to only step on the black non skid, otherwise your passenger might step through the wing and cost us about $2000 and a month of non flying to get Lyle to repair it. Please be careful.

Be Careful to only step on the black non skid, otherwise your passenger might step through the wing and cost us about $2000 and a month of non flying to get Lyle to repair it. Please be careful.

If you are interested in learning to the fly the aircraft please email Erich Moulder (mouldere@gmail.com) for a copy of pertinent POH, checklist and training items.

The most important part in a tail wheel aircraft, the Tail Wheel. This one is in great shape.

The most important part in a tail wheel aircraft, the Tail Wheel. This one is in great shape.

A pilots journey with Keto: Just another gimmicky diet fad?

Keto, it really works fast and easy.

So I am writing this blog because I send so many pilots these YouTube links after I tell my short story of losing 36lbs in 5 weeks. As tech, biotech and medical research advance, so does our knowledge of nutrition. Keto is easy, doesn’t take time, and is free. You just simply remove the breads and added sugars from your life in extreme (at first) until you get to the weight you like, then add about half of the healthy carbs back into you lifestyle. I tried eating in moderation, but I can’t stay motivated to lose 2lb’s a month.

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What I did was this:

I started time restricted eating, a little 30 hour fasting occasionally and super low carb:

  1. I ate only between 0900-1900 on my San Diego time clock.

  2. No carbs at all for the first 2-3 days in order to get your body in Ketogenesis (fat burning). Doing a water fast works fast to get into fat burning. 24-36 hours kicks it in very nicely.

    1. On my airline trips, I usually would not eat my first flying day, just water and coffee, not until the second day in the morning after 0900.

  3. Just light exercise, maybe strength training.

  4. I stay in super low carbs for around 5 days, then I eat somewhat normal for 2 days and then start it all over again on my next airline trip.

Dr. Eric Berg ( I recommend looking at all his related videos too):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMZfyEy_jpI&t=2s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tF7pmUmyzTk&list=PLG2e_AhKMF6qJn9OStVt7HhmjwFB7ejyP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haY8Q72hgI8&list=PLG2e_AhKMF6qJn9OStVt7HhmjwFB7ejyP&index=3

Dr Fung , Intermittant fasting and Keto style diets. He believes that insulin and sugar may be the cause of all the weight gain and many chronic disease.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3d7KkyXnyB4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIuj-oMN-Fk

Here is my trick: You need to do this in 3-5 day cycles. Don’t eat ANY sugar or carbs for about two days. This starts to put your body in Ketogenesis, where you are burning fats versus using your stored glycogen. Hunger waves may occur about 8 -15 hours into this cycle. Then when your body loses its addiction to sugar then it goes away for good. With practice, you may not feel any hunger pains at all. When I start an airline trip, I usually fasted (water only fast) for 36 hours and that quickly places your body in Ketogenesis. I was losing 2-5 lbs a cycle. You don’t even need to workout, but I recommend you do a little strength and cardio training.

Foods to Eat:

Hard boiled eggs, bacon, meats, cheeses, avocado’s, salads (skip carrots for awhile), burger with cheese, bacon on a bed of spinach, salmon and salad, sushimi, poke, guacamole, …..scotch and an occasional light beer. Anything with healthy fats..

Avoid: banana’s, carrots, fruit in general (to speed the weight loss), bread, burger buns, any desserts, and health bar with carbs. Anything like chips and so forth.





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