Aug 2011 Casey Erickson (California)
Casey Erickson is based atÂ Redlands Municipal Airport (KREI), Redlands, California.
I’m Casey Erickson, by weekday a boring cargo pilot, but on the weekends when I get too play, My Pitts Special S1-S (Wolfpitts 360 deg roll rate) with its 230HP Lycon is what I can be found flying. Oh sure, its short coupled and is the hardest aircraft I have ever landed (a challenge I could not imagine being without), but it is just pure joy in the air. And it sure does look cool on the ramp. Biplanes just wouldn’t look right on tricycle gear. They would look like……well…just wrong.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot…..my home away from home. The Reno Air Races. Come every September, you will find me up there racing in the Biplane Class.
2008 Rookie of the year was bestowed upon me, and I have never looked back. What a great bunch of pilots and fans up there. Stop by and see me in the Pitts if you make it up next time around.
Any more I prefer to only teach flying in Taildraggers of any kind. I’ve got time in Champs, Citabrias, Decathlons, Pitts (S1 & S2)….and many more mundane aircraft Like Cessna C150, C152, C170, C172, C182, C208, C414, C421, Piper Pa-28’s all flavors , Beech BE23, 24 Schwiezer 2-33, Grob, Robinson R22. Currently Working on my Multi ATP rating.
Video “Casey Erickson flies Pitts #8 in the Reno Air Races”
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Vanessa NelsonPosted at 13:33h, 12 October
Loved your video, Casey. With all the focus on the tragedy recently, this reminds me of what I loved about going to Reno. I think Pitts are just awesome anyway, and to see footage of a group of you racing around Stead field just brings a smile to my face. I fly a J-3 Cub out of Twin Oaks, in Oregon. If you come north to Oregon, let us Oregon LLT’s know and we’ll be happy to greet you! :0)
Lisa MartinPosted at 10:38h, 23 August
I’m starting to wonder if there are any other occupations out there that, as so often with professional pilots, they spend their weekends doing something very similar to what they do while working (ie: flying). The Reno Air Races would be fun some day.