- Profesional pilot, aerobatic flight instructor and competitor.
The Humpty Bump is one of the most basic and versatile maneuvers in aerobatics. It consists of a combination of ascending and descending lines with half-arc or "loop" between both lines. In its simplest form, it is considered one of the basic aerobatic figures in which, for the first time, new pilots are forced to work with the aircraft at low speeds, with large gyroscopic forces produced by the propeller.
Nowadays, we are so accustomed to human flight that we sometimes forget that it is not our natural mode of transport, as it is, for example, for birds. Rather, we have altered our reality by designing machines with complex systems that allow us to fly. However, these machines are sophisticated, fragile, and operate in rapidly changing environments. They are imperfect, as they have been designed by the human being, who is himself imperfect.
Less than a month remains before the start of one of the most important championships of the year for aerobatic fans and pilots: the 2013 WAC. This will be the last international championship of aerobatics of the year. (You will recall that the Unlimited and Advanced glider world championships and the European Advanced power aerobatics world championships were held in July and August, respectively. You can read the articles in the "News" section of this site.)
It is nine in the morning, and I arrive to LEIG airfield an hour and a half before meeting with Alex Stegner and Sascha to prepare for what will be my fourth flight at the controls of an Extra 330SC. This flight will not be like the ones before, where I practiced the 2013 “Q” program and my free routine. This time will be my first attempt at freestyle maneuvers, specifically the 45 Degree Tombel and the intense Knife Edge Spin.
An aerobatic pilot having excellent physical and psychic preparation can make a huge difference among athletes that compete at the highest level. The athlete's physical and mental state before starting any competition should be at optimal level; however the environmental conditions to which the pilot is subjected, for example the heat and humidity, can be a key factor in his performance, and as a result, in the quality of his flight.