What is the Skytrace Safety Programme?

Skytrace have developed a full type check out for Western Pilots to graduate fully onto the Yak 52 with the maximum attention paid to safety. This check out takes between 10 and 15 hours on type to complete fully and explores every aspect of flying the 52 safely.

The complete Safety Course covers all aspects of Yak 52 handling and management From correct Pre Flight Inspections and Ground Runs to Circuits and through to Basic and Standard Aerobatics.  Included are various types of spins: Sports Style, Upright and Inverted as well as fully developed flat spins and even flat spins that are "over recovered" and immediately flick into inverted spins.  Controllability of the Aircraft at the stall and at less than the stall speed through to Dynamic stalls at double the normal stall speed.  Everything to do with flying the 52 is included in the full Safety Programme and includes the following details:

Ground school on various subjects. Pre Flight Checks, Ground Runs of the engine and systems, Circuits, Aerobatics and recovery from Unusual Attitudes.

Circuits including:

  • Standard patterns
  • Flapless landings
  • Imitated failures of systems during flight
  • Steep landing approaches (side slip with and without flap to landing)
  • Imitated forced landings onto the runway
  • Recovery from unusual attitudes at the round out prior to touchdown.
General handling and various power settings and speeds including minimum speed flight.  Basic Aerobatics which includes 45 degree climbs and dives, steep turns and standard spins.  Recovery from Unusual Attitudes with minimum height loss.  Side slips with and without flap.  Stalls in the side slip.  Practice engine failures and forced landing techniques.  Standard Aerobatics including Loop, Immelman, Split S, Half Cuban, Reverse Half Cuban, Aileron Roll.  Awareness of the Dynamic Stall.  Avoidance of the Dynamic Stall. Recovery from the Dynamic Stall in horizontal turns, 45 line up, vertical line up, inverted 45 line up, inverted flight, inverted 45 line down and finally vertical line down.  Inverted flight.  Inverted Spin recovery.  Flat spins, recovery.  Flat spins followed by a flick into the inverted flat spin and recovery.  Plus much more that is involved with operating the 52 safely.  We're sorry if some points may appear to be glossed over but the finer points of aerodynamics in flat spins or dynamic stalls could easily be debated forever and we have to draw a line somewhere when it comes to discussion!  However we do hope that what is put down is of some informative interest to both existing Yak Pilots and Enthusiasts alike.

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