G-ODDS is the latest addition to the Ultimate Aerobatics family, although
she is an old friend, as both Emily and Mike learnt aerobatics in her. Emily
even won the UK Standard class nationals in G-ODDS.
The Pitts is truly an iconic aircraft and was the brain child of Curtiss Pitts
back in 1940s. However, through the years, the Pitts has been constantly
refined and with many different variants produced. This has allowed the
Pitts to evolve and still be competitive in the demanding world of
competition aerobatics, with many winning competitions across the world
as well as pleasing many thousands at airshows.
The Pitts S-2A is the two seat version of the single seat S1, so the basic
construction is similar, but the aircraft is a little bigger and fitted with a more
powerful 200hp engine. The increased size and power, coupled with
aerodynamic changes, give the two-seater improved aerobatic and landing
characteristics, and make it extremely stable in rough air conditions. The
ailerons have been aerodynamically balanced for a higher rate of roll at
low speeds than the original S1. It is widely believed that the Pitts S-2A is
still one of the best aerobatic training aircraft available.
We believe that she’s an excellent trainer, as you get great climb performance to maximise your time spent doing aerobatics, rather spending more time having to transit and climb during your training, and she shows up all your mistakes, so that you quickly learn how to prevent them!
Crew: One pilot plus one passenger/student
Wingspan: 6.10 m
Length: 5.71 m
Height: 2.02 m
Empty Weight: 485kg
Max Take off Weight: 715kg
Powerplant: Lycoming AEIO-360- A1A 200hp
Max speed: 326 kph
Endurance: approx 2 hrs
Rate of Climb: 2,500ft/min