Re-learning To Fly The Same Plane Every Year

Sean D. Tucker comes in low from the left to cut three ribbons sequentially strung low across his flight path at air show center. His signature red Oracle Challenger III biplane weighs in at only 1200 lbs but has a souped up 400 hp Lycoming engine! At the end of each air show season, the Challenger III is near completely disassembled and scrutinized in a tear down and reassembly that takes over 2000 hours and costs over $200K. But when done, Sean gets a literally brand new aircraft that he has to familiarize himself with again as it will likely fly just a bit differently after each rebuild. He’ll spend 90 flights before the start of the season practicing his routine and learning the quirks of his rebuilt aircraft.