Laura Radigan is a member of the U.S. National Aerobatic Team (gliders), and AFSBI’s member # 003752. This July, she will travel to Romania to represent the U.S. at the 22nd FAI World Glider Aerobatic Championships at Deva Airfield (LRDV). Laura has a long list of achievements. She is an accomplished CFI with multiple ratings, she is both a glider and a powered aerobatic performer. Her edge? She uses simulators to make her training more efficient, both for teaching and for performing. “The aircraft is a noisy classroom,” she says, “so besides the aircraft, I use two simulators”. The Condor for gliders and MSFSX for powered aircraft. While many are familiar with the venerable FSX, not many know the Condor, which we encountered at a seminar in Oshkosh last year (see here). These sims give Laura a chance to practice and teach maneuvers at length before and after doing them on the real airplane. It also allows her to discover new moves and to correct tiny errors. In competitions, she gets scored according to precision, so it is a game of timing, super-fine controls’ movements, situational awareness and lots of experience. We caught up with Laura for an interview at FSExpo2019 in Orlando.
And see what she means by flying a glider in aerobatic mode here:
We wish Laura our best for the upcoming championship!