We've seen Lizzy and Stella perform some stunts in the past, but now you'll get to learn more about a few of them:
✈️ Aileron roll
✈️ Eliza 8
The Eliza 8 is a slightly modified Cuban 8.
G Forces play a big part in aerobatics since Lizzy's quickly ascending, descending, inverting the plane and performing sharp turns. Since Stella's a bit less experienced with aerobatics, you'll definitely see her reactions in the videos. Sometimes she leans, sometimes she seems to be pushed down in her seat, and sometimes she seems like she's having the time of her life. You've probably experienced similar reactions while on a roller coaster.
Watch as Lizzy and Stella perform some awesome aerobatics.
Are you ready for some spectacular stunts?
Lizzy recently appeared in the news. Check out her story here. Just a side note, we call the plane Vyctor.
With flying, Lizzy can get herself caught up in some pretty cool stunts. This is because Vyctor is an aerobatic plane designed to do rolls, loops, inversions, and all sorts of fun stuff.
Watch as Lizzy, Stella and Vyctor perform aerobatics. Try to observe any changes you see in terms of their position in the plane, the position of the plane itself, or how objects move about the cockpit.
Ready. Set. Let's learn about aerobatics!
Some of the embedded videos get cut short, so you can view the full videos here.
We have some news. We were in the news! Here's a link to a recent article written by Abby Green of Metroland Media Inc. Here's the article.
Lizzy and Stella had several goals with this last lesson.
Goal #1: Learn the basics of take-off and review how turf (ground cover) affects take-off.
Goal #2: Review reading and setting the altimeter. Remember, the altimeter measures Vyctor's height about mean sea level (MSL) and it's affected by air temperature and pressure.
Goal #3: Stay safe by inspecting Vyctor prior to flight.
Goal #4: Apply what was covered and fly from Niagara District Airport (CYSN) to Welland's Dorothy Rungeling Airport (CNQ3) to practice arriving (landing) and departing (take-off). Lizzy and Stella took off from a grassy runway.
Are you ready to fly?
Do you remember from earlier lessons what the altimeter is and what it measures?
The altimeter is one of many instruments on Vyctor's instrument panel.
The altimeter measures the plane's altitude above mean sea level (MSL) and it's set by Lizzy using the current barometric pressure. Barometric pressure changes with air temperature, so Lizzy often needs to adjust her altimeter reading during flight since she's ascending (going up) and descending (going down). As a plane climbs (ascends), air pressure typically drops because the air gets colder the higher up you go.
Let's start with a quick review of weather, common conversions, and airport configurations. We'll also analyze altimeters in a bit more detail.
Are you ready to learn about altimeters alongside Lizzy and Stella?
Stella now has three flight lessons with Lizzy firmly under her aviation belt. Stella's just discovered the CFS, Canada Flight Supplement, which is a book produced by NAV Canada and tells you about all the airports in Ontario. There are a lot of airports in the province! In fact, every single province has its own CFS. You'll learn more in this lesson.
Stella also got to practice level flight. Lizzy had her find an on-the-ground feature to navigate. Lucky for Stella, there's a canal visible from the air that she could follow to make her way toward Port Colborne. There are lots of features that are visible from the sky that pilots (and co-pilots) can rely on to find their way. Most use a GPS nowadays, but technology isn't always available and navigation is a necessary skill.
Are you ready to learn alongside Stella?
There's lots of information in these slides, so let's slow it down and have a look at them individually. This lets you go at your own pace.
Ready. Set. Let's learn!
Lizzy led Stella through her second session of flight school. It was another awesome learning experience in which Stella got to apply her in-class lessons on controlled and uncontrolled airports and circuits to actual time up in the air with Lizzy.
The two flew from Niagara District Airport to Welland. They even got to do a quick fly by in a field. Talk about flying fun!
Stella officially started her flight lessons with Lizzy. Since Stella gets to benefit from this individualized attention, I thought I'd put together a mini flight school that allows you to follow along as she learns the basics of flight and gets up in the air.
Are you ready to fly?
Do you remember what ATIS stands for?
That's right! It's the Automatic Terminal Information Service.
Pilots use the acronym, ATIS, for short.
Lizzy always listens to the ATIS before taking-off.
The tower tells Lizzy which runway to use based on the current wind patterns (speed and direction), other traffic on the runway and up in the sky. Let's have a listen while Lizzy gets ready to take Vyctor up in the air.
Stella will start us off by reviewing the radio alphabet.
Did you know...?
The plane's propellor provides its thrust and the flaps on the wings let Lizzy slow the plane down or improve lift.
The ATIS Report
ATIS = Automatic Terminal Information Service
Lizzy needs to know several important things before she takes Vyctor up into the sky.
She needs to know:
🌦The current weather conditions - windspeed and direction, air temperature, barometric pressure and if the ceiling (cloud cover) allows for proper visibility
🛫The recommended runway for her to take-off
✈️Whether or not there is any other air traffic nearby
Lizzy radios the tower to find out the information she needs to know before flying. The tower is located at the airport and an air traffic controller tells Lizzy whether or not it's safe to fly.
Lizzy uses Vyctor's radio (not her cell phone) to communicate with the tower. The communication goes both ways, so Lizzy can be the one to radio the tower of the tower radios her.
The tower will let Lizzy know the visibility and whether or not it's safe to fly. This is based on many things, like wind speed, but also the CAVOK.
CAVOK = ceiling and visibility okay
This just lets Lizzy know that the clouds aren't too low since a low ceiling makes it difficult to see during take-off and landing.
Are you ready to hear what Lizzy hears?
Listen to Lizzy as she radios the tower to get the ATIS report.
Let's review what some of this means in a bit more detail.
Lizzy's not yet done inspecting Vyctor. She must now go inside her plane and make sure the instrument panel is in working order.
She'll also need to radio the tower to let them know that she'll be flying today. The tower will communicate back important information like the wind speed and direction, ceiling (height of the clouds) and visibility, as well as which runway Lizzy needs to take-off from. We'll learn about all of that in the next post.
For now, let's get familiar with Vyctor's instrument panel.
Are you ready to learn about some of the gauges?
Vyctor's Control Panel
Understanding the Instruments
Let's listen to Lizzy as she explains what all these gauges and gadgets actually do.
Lizzy and Stella love to fly! Join this dynamic duo as they soar through the clouds on another adventure.