The Basic Aerobatic Manual: With Spin and Upset Recovery Techniques,
Second Edition, is a complete reference for the beginning aerobatic student,
with invaluable unusual attitude and spin recovery information for the more
straight-and-level flyer. This book emphasizes techniques for the Cessna Aerobat
models, but the described maneuvers easily translate to other
Starting with stalls, chandelles and lazy-8's, the student is guided through
spins and the Three Fundamentals of basic aerobatics: the aileron roll, loop,
and the snap roll. Once these basics are learned, the combination maneuvers (the
cloverleaf, for example) are covered in-depth.
For the pilot more interested in flight safety than aerobatics, there is a
chapter on unusual attitude (upset) recovery. Returning to controlled flight
solely by reference to instruments is examined closely. The chapter on spins and
spin recovery benefits from the knowledge gained in over 7,000 spins, each
having from 3 to 25 turns, in the Cessna Aerobat.
This manual explains and illustrates 26 aerobatic maneuvers in a six-lesson
supplement to introductory aerobatics instruction. It covers the following
Introduction to Aerobatic Flight
- Federal Aviation Regulations
- Physical Condition
- Acceleration Forces
- Steep Power Turns
- The Chandelle
- The Wingover
- The Lazy Eight
- A General Review
- Mechanics of the Spin
- Spinning the Aerobat
Basic Aerobatic Maneuvers
- The Three Fundamentals
- The Aileron Roll
- The Loop
- The Snap Roll
- Loops followed by Aileron Rolls
- The Cloverleaf
- The Cuban Eight
- The Immelmann
- The Coordination Exercise
- Spins and Combinations
More Variations and Combinations
- The Barrel Roll
- The Snap at the Top of a Loop
- The Reverse Cuban Eight
- Hesitation Rolls
- The Reverse Cloverleaf
Recoveries from Unusual Attitudes
Softcover, 128 pages.
Bill Kershner was FAA/General Aviation Flight Instructor of the Year in 1992
and named Elder Statesman of Aviation in 1997. He was inducted into the Flight
Instructor Hall of Fame in 1998. His son, William C. Kershner, was soloed by his
father and holds Flight Instructor and Airline Transport Pilot certificates. He
has flown 22 types of airplanes in his over 10,000 hours of flight time, ranging
from Cessna 150s to Boeing 777s.
Bill Kershner left us to go West in 2007 but his legacy remains with
continued publishing of his books. Bill founded Ace Aerobatic School in
Sewanee, Tennessee in 1969. He was known as the "Spin Doctor" for his interest in
spins, having logged more than 8,000 spins totaling some 35,000 turns; Kershner
only counted spins of at least three turns and didn't record spins at all during
his first 24 years of flying.
He was the national General Aviation Flight Instructor of the Year in
1992. At his Ace Aerobatic School, Kershner provided spin recovery and aerobatic
training to hundreds of pilots, and he continued to teach ground school into
late December 2006.
"He had a soft spot in his heart for student pilots and CFIs," as
said by Bruce Landsberg of AOPA's Air Safety Foundation.
"Being an engineer at heart, he would step up to the blackboard and start doing
equations to explain some aerodynamic truth. When pressed to put it in English
so that a dumb pilot (me) could understand it - he always could."
Flight instructor Catherine Cavagnaro, whom Kershner
into aerobatic instruction, continues to operate
Aerobatic School. Cavagnaro purchased a Cessna 152 Aerobat nearly identical
to Kershner's which she named Wilbur. Kershner's veteran Aerobat, Orville,
is now on display at the National Air and Space Museum.