Getting Started

Getting Started

Chapter 12 welcomes pilots at all experience levels who are curious about aerobatics, and there are many ways to get involved.

Visit Chapter Events

Stop by one of our meetings or contests. Note that our host airports remain open during competitions, and visitors are welcome. Just check the NOTAM and airport advisory for instructions on staying clear of the aerobatic box.

Click on the Calendar link for a complete list of events.

Talk to Chapter Leaders

Any of our Officers and Directors are happy to speak with you and answer any questions. Don't hesitate to call or send an email.

Fly with Local Instructors

Professional training is critical to safety -- please don't even think about trying any aerobatic maneuvers on your own! We are fortunate to have a number fine instructors in our club:

  • Rick Basiliere. Citabria, Decathlon, Sukhoi-29. (970) 532-5288
  • John Blum. Pitts S-2B, Citabria. (303) 469-7746, flyaerobatics.com
  • Dick Bevington. Citabria, Decathlon. (303) 776-6266, www.airwesflightcenter.com
  • Tom Edwards. Christen Eagle. (303) 909-8328
  • Rene Minjares. Pitts S-2C. (303) 973-8840
  • Doedo Schipper. Citabria, Decathlon. (303) 776-6266, www.airwesflightcenter.com

Lectures & Intro-to-Acro Days

Chapter 12 actively supports other local aviation organizations through a lecture exchange program. if you are interested in arranging a presentation to your group.

We sometimes hold "Intro-to-Acro Days" in which pilots and student pilots are given the opportunity to fly in an aerobatic aircraft, including some actual stick time.

Come Out and Play

From time to time, we'll fly to an airport with a waivered practice area for some practice, tune-ups, and critiquing. These dates are announced on our calendar. Spectators and novices welcome!

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