Aviation Schools in Houston TX
"Carelessness and overconfidence are usually more dangerous than deliberately accepted risks."
Wilbur Wright, 1901
Harvey & Rihn Aviation offers a wide range of aerobatic training in a variety of aircraft.
Our aerobatic course offerings include:
Basic Aerobatic Course: Unlike some other aerobatic training schools, all of our aerobatic instruction is taught to competition level standards.
This is an introduction to basic precision aerobatics. Included in the course are loops, rolls (barrel, snap, slow and point), spins (upright and inverted), hammerhead stalls, Cuban 8s, Immelmans, and inverted flight. At the completion of the course the pilot has the ability to safely combine maneuvers into a prescribed sequence, as one would see in entry level aerobatic competition. Time required to complete the course will vary from 7 to 10 hours depending on the pilot's experience.
Advanced Aerobatic Course: For the serious aerobatic pilot who wants to get involved beyond the basics and get into inverted, vertical and negative g maneuvers. This course is tailored to each pilot depending upon the pilot's training objectives.
Because students have different backgrounds and flight experience, the time required to complete each course may vary. We teach at individualized pace for each student.
Aerobatic Box: (click on the image on the right to enlarge)
The aerobatic box is the area in which aerobatic competitions take place. It is a block of air 3, 280 feet long (1, 000 meters) by 3, 300 feet wide (1, 000 meters). The competitor has to stay within the lateral limits of the box and within the height limits. For the World Aerobatic Championships, the bottom of the box is set at 328 feet (100 meters) AGL. The lower limits of the box are, for safety reasons, strictly enforced.
During competition, there are boundary judges in place that determine when a competitor leaves the box. Any pilot who flies outside the box during the performance will be assessed penalty points. Line Judges sitting at the corners of the box determine when a competitor has left the box. "Outs" are called in to the Chief Judge by radio and recorded. Boundary infringement penalties are subtracted from the score in such cases.