The North State now has an Aerobatic flight school. Aces High Aero opened in October and uses the Oroville airport.
Aerobatics is the practice of flying maneuvers involving aircraft altitudes that are not used in normal flight, but flight instructor Cade Boeger says it’s more than just about joy-riding, and knowing these skills will make people much better and safer pilots.
“I just always loved airplanes. All my toys were toy airplanes, my mom actually got me a plane-ride for my 6th birthday and from then on the hook was set,” said Boeger.
And he’s been living-out that dream for more than 25 years.
“Go to the air shows and people will say ‘he’s crazy, he’s doing these ridiculous stunts, he has kids. What’s he doing?’ and it’s nothing like that. The aircraft is inspected on a regular basis: it’s stressed and designed for these kinds of maneuvers,” he said.
He recently started competing, and came first in both competitions he entered.
Boeger says the cliché motto of “if you love your job, you never have to work a day in your life” really does exemplify what he does on a daily basis.
“I have something I’m passionate about; I have something I think I’m pretty good at and hopefully can pass that on and light a fire in somebody else.”
And that’s why he wanted to bring Aerobatics to the North State.
“The competitions are unbelievably exhilarating, but the best part about it – and this is why I’ve been an instructor for so long – is to take that information and that knowledge and that joy and just pass that onto somebody else,” Boeger said.
He says any aircraft can move 360°, most pilots just don’t know how to because the basic license doesn’t require it. That’s why he’s committed his life to teaching these skills and helping people become better pilots.
“If you have been inverted in an aircraft and you know how to get out of that, if that was ever to happen to you by accident due to wake turbulence from a bigger jet or some form of extreme turbulence or thunderstorm or something like that, you are a safer pilot because you know how to recover from an unusual situation.”
And though doing flips and spins is certainly fun, he says there’s one golden rule in the aerobatic community: “Safety is first, and we don’t take unnecessary risks, especially when training others. We don’t ‘hot dog’ or show off, it’s all about precision, safety, and just increasing your skills.”
Along with training and teaching, Aces High Aero does also do joyrides.