Rich Stowell

Rich Stowell grew up near the airport at Sussex, N.J., watching his neighbors Leo Loudenslager, Betty Stewart and other aerobatic champions. He had a dream to fly, and when his career path landed him three floors underground in a room full of drafting tables, he chucked mechanical engineering to pursue his dream. Now he teaches aerobatic and emergency maneuvers in Santa Paula, Calif., just northwest of L.A. In this month's Profile Rich talks with AVweb's Joe Godfrey about aerobatic competition and instruction, the correct way to teach spin training, and offers suggestions for pushing your own envelope.

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