this manual covering basic aerobatics, William K. Kershner introduced maneuvers
in order of difficulty, covering a variety of them in his clear, understandable,
and humorous style. The Basic Aerobatic Manual is fully illustrated with the
author's own drawings and contains a practical syllabus, a detailed bibliography
and an index. Though the manual emphasizes airspeeds and techniques recommended
for the Cessna Aerobat, the maneuvers described in the book may be performed in
other airplanes certified for aerobatics.
This manual explains and illustrates 26 aerobatic
maneuvers in a six-lesson supplement to introductory aerobatics instruction.
Updated and revised by the author's son, William C. Kershner.
K. Kershner (1930-2007) began flying in 1945 at the age of fifteen, washing and
propping airplanes to earn flying time. By this method he obtained the private,
then the commercial and flight instructor certificates, becoming a flight
instructor at nineteen. He spent four years as a naval aviator, most of the time
as a pilot in a night fighter squadron, both shore and carrier based. He flew
nearly three years as a corporation pilot and for four years worked for Piper
Aircraft Corporation, demonstrating airplanes to the military, doing
experimental flight-testing, and acting as special assistant to William T.
Piper, Sr., president of the company.
Bill Kershner held a
degree in technical journalism from Iowa State University. While at the
university he took courses in aerodynamics, performance, and stability and
control. He held the airline transport pilot, commercial, and flight and ground
instructor certificates and flew airplanes ranging from 40-hp Cubs to jet
fighters. He is the author of The Student Pilot's Flight Manual, The
Instrument Flight Manual, The Advanced Pilot's Flight Manual, The Flight
Instructor's Manual, and The Basic Aerobatic Manual
Kershner operated an aerobatics school in Sewanee,
Tennessee using a Cessna 152 Aerobat. He received the General Aviation Flight
Instructor of the Year Award, 1992, at the state, regional and national levels.
The Ninety-Nines awarded him the 1994 Award of Merit. In 1998 he was inducted
into the Flight Instructor Hall of Fame, in 2002 was installed in the Tennessee
Aviation Hall of Fame, and in 2006 was inducted into the International Aerobatic
Club Hall of Fame.
William C. Kershner was soloed by his father, W.K.
Kershner, and holds Flight Instructor and Airline Transport Pilot certificates
and has flown 22 types of airplanes in his over 10,000 hours of flight time
ranging from Cessna 150s to Boeing 777s. He now is editor of his father's