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Maryland's Eastern Shore at the controls of a striking,
bright-red Pitts Special S-2. Under the detachable
canopy, I'm strapped into the front seat by what seems
like a dozen harnesses-I'm wearing a parachute,
and there's a smoke tank between my legs. "Why am
I putting myself through this?" I wonder, somewhat
apprehensive about the event that is about to
transpire. But the scenery's grandeur is distracting

and keeps my hesitation at bay. As I level off at
our target altitude, I manage one deep breath
before the spell is broken by legendary EAA Hall
of Fame aerobatic pilot and Gold Seal Master
CFI-Aerobatic, Bill Finagin, confidently sitting
in the back seat.
"All right, Mike, let's get started," he says. The
joyride is clearly over-it's time to get to work.
"Close the throttle and start gently pulling back
on the stick until we stall. Then hold full left
rudder until we're stabilized in the spin. Are you
ready?" "Uh, yeah!" I respond, with controlled
enthusiasm. I am about to consciously defy

every rule in the book and do absolutely
nothing to prevent a stall from turning
into a spin. As soon as the airframe buffets
around me, the stick reaches its full aft
position. Immediately, the loose ends of my
shoulder straps fly up in my face and the
world begins to spin wildly around me. Bill,
somehow immune to all this, calmly coaches
me into stabilizing the spin. A "stabilized
spin," I think, must be one of those peculiar
oxymora in aviation-like a "near-miss."
After the second full rotation, Bill draws
my attention to the inclinometer. I then



CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 4

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CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Vol. 4, Issue 4
The Journey of Becoming a CFI
Safety Seminar: Accident Case Study: Live
CFI Commentary: Something to Fear
CFI Tips: Takeoffs & Landings
ASI Message: Into the Ice
Accident Case Study: Delayed Reaction
Safety Quiz: Ice Flight
Safety Spotlight: Words to the Wise
ASI Online: Weather Wise - VFR into IMC
CFI Tools: Flying the Weather
Chief's Corner: What's the Weather Really Like?
Pilot Safety Announcement: It's a Drag
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CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 4 - The Journey of Becoming a CFI
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CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 4 - Safety Seminar: Accident Case Study: Live
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 4 - CFI Commentary: Something to Fear
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CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 4 - CFI Tips: Takeoffs & Landings
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CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 4 - ASI Message: Into the Ice
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 4 - Accident Case Study: Delayed Reaction
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CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 4 - Safety Quiz: Ice Flight
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 4 - Safety Spotlight: Words to the Wise
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CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 4 - ASI Online: Weather Wise - VFR into IMC
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CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 4 - CFI Tools: Flying the Weather
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 4 - Chief's Corner: What's the Weather Really Like?
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