Aragon Aviation, Inc.

Cecilia Aragon Airshows

Flight Instruction

Talks and Seminars

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Contents:

Super Decathlon For Rent

About the Instructor

Learning to Fly

Aerobatics and
Spin Training

Stall/Spin Safety Course

Unusual Attitude
Recovery Course

Aerobatic Course

Suggested Reading

Aragon Aviation, Inc.

Flight Instruction and Aircraft Rental

P.O. Box 8582
Berkeley, California 94707
(510) 527-4466


 

Beautiful Super Decathlon For Rent

All aerobatic courses and tailwheel instruction are given in a beautiful 1996 American Champion Super Decathlon (180 hp, tandem, fully aerobatic tailwheel aircraft). The Decathlon is the best basic aerobatic trainer available. Instruction is available at the Tracy Airport, or we can bring the aircraft to you! Gift certificates for aerobatic rides are also available. Please call or e-mail for more information.

RATES:
Super Decathlon: $188/hour wet hobbs plus hourly fuel surcharge
Instruction (ground and flight): $100/hour ($120/hour if we use your airplane)
(Parachute and headset rental is included. Block discount rates for instruction and flight time are available -- please contact us for more information.)
Fuel surcharge is calculated as follows: 13 x (current avgas cost per gallon minus $3.00), rounded up to the nearest dollar. So if fuel prices are $3.68/gallon, then the Decathlon's hobbs rate will be $188 + $9 or $197/hour. Sorry about this, but fuel prices are fluctuating rapidly and we didn't want to keep changing the basic rental rate.
Gift certificates start at $395. Also see course prices below. Please note that we have a 24-hour cancellation policy. If you cancel a lesson with less than 24 hours notice and we are unable to fill your slot, a cancellation fee of $250 will apply. However, we frequently have a waiting list, so if you call by the night before, we can often find a student on the waiting list to take your place. Thank you for your understanding.

 

 

About the Instructor

Cecilia Aragon, a two-time member of the United States Aerobatic Team and California State Unlimited Aerobatic Champion, was a medalist at the 1994 World Aerobatic Championships and the 1993 U.S. National Aerobatic Championships.

Aragon has been a professional airshow performer since 1990, flying in front of millions of spectators each year in her custom-built Sabre 320. She is also an aerobatic competition pilot who has won numerous trophies in regional, national, and international competition and is a current International Aerobatic Club competition judge.


Cecilia Aragon holds the ATP certificate, and has over 5,000 hours of flight time, including over 2,500 hours as a flight instructor, 3,000 tailwheel, and over 1,500 hours of aerobatics. She is a certificated flight instructor with single- and multi-engine land, instrument, and glider ratings, and has been an active CFI since 1987.

She specializes in primary, aerobatic, and unusual attitude recovery training, with an additional specialty in working with individuals who have a fear of flying.

Instruction is available at the following locations in the San Francisco Bay Area:

We can also bring the aircraft to you. Please call or e-mail for more information.

 

 

Learning to Fly

Maybe you've dreamed of leaping into the sky and seeing the earth fall away beneath you. Or maybe you're looking for the convenience of traveling to your favorite weekend getaway in an hour or two instead of eight hours over winding roads. Or perhaps you're thinking of a career flying 747s or F-16s.

Whatever your goals, the first step is an introductory flight with a good flight instructor. You'll get a chance to work the controls and see if flying is for you. Call to schedule a flight today.

 

Tailwheel Flying

If you're thinking of learning to fly, consider learning in a taildragger. Our experience shows it doesn't take any longer to obtain your private pilot license, but you'll develop good habits along the way. Should you then want to fly a nosewheel airplane, you'll find the transition to be smooth.

If you already have your pilot's license, the tailwheel transition will increase your skill and proficiency. You'll learn to be more sensitive to the wind; your judgment of height above the ground will improve; when you fly tricycle gear again, you'll find your landings are smoother. But best of all, you'll have gone back to the simple joy of flying, the coordination of stick and rudder, the feel of an airplane which is sometimes lost in today's training with its emphasis on procedures, radios, and getting from point A to point B.

 

 

Aerobatics and Spin Training for Pilots

If you're like many pilots, you haven't flown a steep turn or a stall since your last BFR or even your primary training. Are you comfortable with your airplane in all attitudes and airspeeds? Do you know how to recover from a spin? What will you do if you find yourself in an unusual attitude, or even inverted, due to turbulence or a vortex encounter?

Spin training and basic aerobatic training aren't only for "stunt" pilots; they're for anyone who wants to become a safer pilot, learn about the edges of the envelope of their airplane, and have a lot of fun in the process.

We offer a variety of courses from a basic stall/spin safety course to an introductory aerobatic course, to advanced competition aerobatic training. Unusual attitude recovery and emergency procedures are covered in all our courses.

 

 

Stall/Spin Safety Course

  • 2.5 hours ground time, 1.5 hours flight time
  • Aerodynamics of stalls and spins
  • Stall and spin recognition
  • Common causes of accidental spins
  • Emergency spin recovery procedures
This course consists of two sessions in the Decathlon (8KCAB). The first lesson covers aircraft familiarization, coordination exercises, steep turns, power-on and power-off stalls, rudder stalls, introduction to spins. The second lesson adds orientation during a spin, incipient and developed spin recovery, common accidental spins, and emergency spin recovery. Approximate Cost: $675 (price varies with fuel costs).

 

 

Unusual Attitude Recovery Course

  • 5 hours ground time, 3 hours flight time
  • All material in stall/spin safety course
  • Unusual attitude recoveries
  • Recovery from inverted
  • Introduction to basic aerobatics (spin, roll, loop)
  • Aerobatic safety
  • Physiological factors
  • Use of parachute
This course consists of four sessions in the Decathlon (8KCAB). The first two lessons are the same as the stall/spin course. The third lesson introduces inverted flight and unusual attitude recovery, including recoveries from inverted attitudes following wake turbulence encounters. The fourth lesson reviews the first three and introduces the aileron roll and loop. Approximate Cost: $1,395 (price varies with fuel costs).

 

 

Aerobatic Course

  • 17 hours ground time, 10 hours flight time
  • Aerobatic safety, preflight
  • Use and care of parachute
  • FARs
  • Physiological factors
  • Aerodynamics as related to aerobatics
  • Unusual attitude recoveries
  • Spins
  • Loops
  • Aileron rolls
  • Slow rolls
  • Immelmanns
  • Split-Ss
  • Half cuban eights
  • Half reverse cuban eights
  • Hammerheads
  • Barrel rolls
  • Wingovers
  • Inverted flight, turns, and stalls
An introductory aerobatic course for those who are interested in solo checkout in the Decathlon. Approximately 13 sessions in the Decathlon are included, for a total of 10 hours flight time. Note: solo proficiency not guaranteed at the end of 10 hours, though typically attained. Approximate Cost: $4,195 (price varies with fuel costs).

 

 

Suggested Reading on Aerobatics


Cole, Duane. Conquest of Lines and Symmetry. Ken Cook Transnational, Milwaukee, WI, 1970.
Cole, Duane. Roll Around A Point. Ken Cook Company, Milwaukee, WI, 1976.
Kershner, William K. The Basic Aerobatic Manual. Iowa State University Press, Ames, Iowa, 1987.
Langewiesche, Wolfgang. Stick and Rudder. McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York, 1944/1972.
Mason, Sammy. Stalls, Spins and Safety. McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York, 1982.
Medore, Lt. Col. Arthur S. Primary Aerobatic Flight Training. Aviation Book Company, Glendale, CA, 1970.
Mueller, Eric and Annette Carson. Flight Unlimited. The Eastern Press Ltd., London, 1983.
O'Dell, Bob. Aerobatics Today. St. Martin's Press, New York, 1980.
Szurovy, Geza and Mike Goulian. Basic Aerobatics. Tab Books, Blue Ridge Summit, PA, 1994.
Thomas, Bill. Fly for Fun. Bill Thomas, 1985.
Williams, Neil. Aerobatics. Airlife Publications, England, 1975.