Bob Walch thanks “Otter”
Aero Club members learn about aerial adventures
Sun Lakes Aero Club (SLAC) members attending the group’s November 19 meeting enjoyed a power-point presentation provided by Fighter Combat International vice-president Clarke “Otter” McNeace.
McNeace described how the organization makes the dream of being a fighter pilot a reality for thousands of thrill seekers. The company’s offerings include realistic air combat missions, aerobatic flying and fighter jet-like ride experiences.
McNeace said the company employs real NATO fighter pilots with vast experiences in aircraft such as F-14, F-15, F-16 and F-18 aircraft. The company’s fleet consists of world-class unlimited aerobatic German-built Extra 300L aircraft.
Using a model airplane, McNeese described the various aerobatic maneuvers the adventure flights perform, including loops, rolls, spins, hammerhead stalls, and many others
SLAC member Bob DeLong told the group how he recently experienced one of the company’s aerial adventure rides provided as a gift from his daughter. Although not a pilot, DeLong said he was allowed to fly the plane up to 75 percent of the time doing a series of aerobatic maneuvers and simulated aerial combat missions. “It was one of the greatest experiences of my life,” he said.
McNeese also described his company’s upset prevention and recovery training program designed to help pilots learn to prevent and recover from unusual attitudes in flight. Loss of control in-flight (LOC-l) is indisputably one of the leading causes of airplane crashes and crash-related fatalities worldwide,” he said. “This applies to both general and commercial aviation. LOC-1 presents a unique challenge to professional aviation as it highlights serious deficiencies in the pilot’s ability to deal with a variety of unusual flight attitudes and flight envelope excursions.”
SLAC meets the third Monday of each month from October through April in the Sun Lakes Country Club Mirror Room. The public is invited to attend all meetings. Additional information is available on the club’s web site, SunLakesAeroClub.org, or by calling Bob Walch at 895-8869 or Al Galvi at 480-802-0104.