Ground reference maneuvers with Spencer Suderman (episode 2)

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Why does my flight instructor want me to keep flying circles around water towers and fields? Sporty’s has once again partnered with airshow pilot and flight instructor Spencer Suderman, this time for a new video series to answer questions like that. Each video addresses common flight training questions, including the basics of airplane control and how to make better landings. Suderman shares practical tips throughout, including during an actual lesson with a flight student.

In this episode, Spencer demonstrates how to fly several of the common ground reference maneuvers, including turns around a point and the rectangular course. Not only will these help you learn to better control the airplane while compensating for the effects of the wind, but they’ll help you fly a better traffic pattern when returning to land after each flight.

Bret Koebbe