Youth Aerobatic Camp

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By Anna Serbinenko, In Flight USA, December 2014

Both in Canada and US, tailwheel and aerobatic flying is becoming a dying skill.

Young aspiring pilots are on a timeline to obtain their Private Pilot license, Commercial Pilot certificate, Multi-engine Rating, IFR Rating and then build the flying time needed to obtain their ATP. Preferably, all of this training and flying must be done “yesterday” as airline jobs are waiting and getting hired first is important, as seniority counts. Training for tailwheel or aerobatic endorsements may be perceived as a nuisance and waste of money that can be used for another “time building” flight, but what is the result of this rush to build flying time versus skill!  As someone who hires pilots on a regular basis, I cringe when my selection of resumes is limited to solar-powered Cessna 152-only (flying exclusively during daylight and severe clear conditions) “commercial” pilots with no extra skills.  Frequently, their cross country skill are limited to simply flying the same 50 mile cross country multiple times! 

And I smile when I see ten thousand hour airline pilots regularly coming through the door of our school, the Canadian Flight Center (CFC), to jump back in the Citabria to do upset training they never learned in the first place. Maybe aerobatics is not for everyone, but the agile taildragger is a stick-and-rudder challenge that every pilot can learn from. It is also a lot of fun landing  on the remote mountain grass strips that surround our two schools located in Vancouver and Kamloops British Columbia! 

So what if we did basic pilot training differently?  What if we included tailwheel training and aerobatics in the Commercial Pilot program? It is not about spending more money, it’s about doing it wisely. Canadian Flight Centre’s graduates move on to their first pilot job with about ten different types of planes in their logbook (an average Canadian or US school would offer 2 or 3 – including twins), and a variety of training, including tailwheel and aerobatics. Airline hiring manages notice it!  Also know that this advance training opportunity is not just a “guy thing.”  Ladies are encouraged to join the ever growing community women in aviation. 

In spring 2015, for one week, Canadian Flight Centre and Anna Serbinenko extend this unique training opportunity to young pilots from anywhere in North America and beyond. Over 7 days CFC’s Citabria and Super Decathlon will be continuously in the air, with experienced instructors, training young people in tailwheel and aerobatic skills. This “boot camp” approach counts towards private or commercial TC and FAA license training.  The camp is open to private and commercial student pilots, or anyone who wants to take their flying skills to the next level, from April 20 to April 25, 2015. During this week, participants will be able to have either a tailwheel or a basic aerobatic course completed. Training takes place out of Boundary Bay airport, Vancouver, BC. If the forecasted weather becomes an issue, training might be relocated to CFC’s base in Kamloops, BC or date changed – all in coordination with the registered participants. We have space for RV parking and/or for camping and can give contacts for local motels that are both low cost and convenient for our guest.  

About us.

Canadian Flight Centre was established in 1979. Since then, more than 3000 pilots from over 20 countries have successfully trained with us. Graduates of Canadian Flight Centre are currently working at airlines around the world. Today, we train “from tailwheel to turbine” – with a big variety of courses and aircraft - and offer pilot training in two locations: Boundary Bay – Vancouver, BC and Kamloops, BC. More about CFC: www.cfc.aero

Anna Serbinenko is a class 1 airplane and class 1 aerobatic instructor. Anna is also the only female aerobatic performer in Canada. Her passion for flying lifts her away from the daily routine into the sky with a three-dimensional freedom. The one she calls "Sky Dancing". More about Anna and her airshow schedule: www.annaserbinenko.com 

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