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Micco SP26A

Paragon Air Adventures, located in Belgrade, Montana, provides stall/spin recovery, unusual attitude/upset recovery, and recreational aerobatics. Instructor Tom Nagorski flies the side-by-side Micco SP26A of which you don’t see a lot.

Rich Stowell on the Micco SP26A:

To date, I’ve performed spins in 183 different, spins-approved airplanes. (I’m not a test pilot, and since I don’t routinely stay at a Holiday Inn, I’ll only spin airplanes that are approved for intentional spins.) While every airplane has its own personality when it spins, certification requirements tend to result in spins-approved airplanes that display similar behavior. “Similar” meaning “falling somewhere within the bell curve of expected spin behavior.” The Micco’s spin is certainly consistent with this, though I would consider its behavior being closer to one end of the bell curve: The airplane oscillates rather dramatically as it rotates!

Tom Nagorski, who operates Paragon Air Adventures in Belgrade, Montana, flew the airplane to Santa Paula[California] for a week of training in it. We spun the bird one, three, and five turns left and right. The rate of rotation was at the slow end of the spectrum, yet at each half turn, the airplane would roll practically to wings level, pause there, and then roll back into a classic rotation. It did this consistently through three turns; beyond that, however, and even though the airplane continued to oscillate, the spin began to transition into a spiral. Recovery from the spins for our weight and balance was always prompt.

You may visit Paragon’s website, or check out the International Aerobatic Club’s list of aerobatic flight schools to find one in your area.

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