Steve Hinton made history in 2009 when he flew his P-51 Mustang, "Strega", to victory and became the youngest-ever champion at the Reno National Championship Air Races at only 22 years old, breaking the previous record set by his father at age 26. Steve went on to win his second Unlimited Gold championship title the following year.
Undisputedly one of the up and coming stars of the sport, he set a new qualifying record at the 2011 event in Reno with a top speed of 499 mph (803 km/h).
Steve recently decided to take an Upset Recognition & Recovery Course at Flight Research. Read below what he had to say.
Without question, Flight Research is the premier aviation training facility I have had the privilege of attending; from top to bottom, their staff's experience in all facets of the aeronautical and aerospace industries give Flight Research the best team to educate and demonstrate maneuvers which push the flight envelope. From the moment I stepped in the door, I was overwhelmed with the state of the art facilities and first-class operation based at the Mojave Air and Space Port. Upon meeting the staff I was left with no doubt that they are passionate about what they do and provide every resource available to instill critical areas of knowledge to each student. For the three days I attended, each minute was spent talking, breathing, and living airplanes; I have never learned so much in such a short period of time.
The classroom lectures provide critical insight into areas of flight and performance which are generally forgotten about by modern aviators; they are captivating and well discussed leaving the student with a level of confidence unparalleled by any other instructional program. Regardless of a pilot's background or experience level, the custom-tailored course offers a tremendous learning process which expands the skill sets and portfolios of all who partake.
Flight Research's fleet of aircraft receive a superior quality of maintenance and attention providing for a flying experience not matched anywhere else. This fact, combined with the terrific instruction afforded by the staff provides a safe, controlled learning environment when the classroom is moved into the cockpit. I was amazed at the ease of transition between the classroom and cockpit; the course is highly effective in applying the knowledge attained in the briefing room to actual flight, and this combination achieves the goal of recognizing and maintaining safe, controlled flight. No areas of the flight envelope are left unexplored, from stalls to inverted spins, Flight Research ensures that all aspects of an aircraft's capabilities are covered.
I cannot be more commending of Flight Research's efforts to educate aviators of all walks of life: corporate, military, and general aviation, and successfully instill knowledge previously untapped by formal aviation programs. I came out a better, safer pilot, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity which will hopefully ensure that I am able to overcome any obstacles which may be thrown at me in my future aviation endeavors. I would recommend their courses to any aviator who has an eagerness to learn and improve their flying abilities, increasing the odds for survival in this ever-challenging environment.
Steve Hinton Receiving URRT Certification from Bill Korner - CEO Flight Research
From Bill Korner,
As you may know, aircraft loss of control now accounts for more worldwide passenger deaths than any other single factor.
This alarming new trend occurs when a presumably well trained flight crew fails to control a mechanically and structurally sound aircraft that encounters an inflight condition which causes an unexpected aircraft upset. Such an event requires immediate and skilled action on the part of the pilot to recover the aircraft and prevent a catastrophe. Facts typically point to a lack of proper pilot training as the leading cause of these accidents. That is why Congress, the FAA and others are now requiring new standards for pilot training to include upset recognition and recovery training, skills which can only be fully developed in actual flight conditions, not simulators.
We don’t believe the flying public would want to fly in an aircraft where the flight crew lacked such training nor should they. Flight Research, Inc. is the Global leader in providing upset recognition and recovery training in actual jet aircraft. Call us at 661-824-4136 and schedule your training today.
Flight Research leads the industry in professional upset recognition & recovery training, as well as testing and certification for airframes, aircraft modifications, avionics and weapons systems. Call us today at 661-824-4136 and let's discuss your training or testing needs.