Is it safe to do a wingover maneuver in a utility category aircraft?
§ 23.3 Airplane categories.Reference?
Thanks!(b) The utility category is limited to
airplanes that have a seating configuration,
excluding pilot seats, of nine or
less, a maximum certificated takeoff
weight of 12,500 pounds or less, and intended
for limited acrobatic operation.
Airplanes certificated in the utility
category may be used in any of the operations
covered under paragraph (a) of
this section and in limited acrobatic
operations. Limited acrobatic operation
(1) Spins (if approved for the particular
type of airplane); and
(2) Lazy eights, chandelles, and steep
turns, or similar maneuvers, in which
the angle of bank is more than 60 degrees
but not more than 90 degrees.
But you're supposed to have chutes >60 degrees regardless of aircraft category, correct?
Only issue is you weren't a crewmember, so you should have been wearing parachutes if he banked more than 60. Again, that doesn't necessarily mean it was dangerous, but banks of more than about 75 degrees can rapidly create excessive load factors.I just wanted to make sure I wasn't getting myself into something dangerous.