The aerobatics course provides the training needed to qualify for the AOPA Aerobatic Certificate. There are 3 courses: Basic, Standard and Intermediate. Due to the risks involved in Aerobatics, this course emphasises good airmanship and safety. Students are taught to understand both human and aircraft limitations.
► Aerobatic Certificate Course Requirements
You do not need to be a qualified pilot to receive aerobatic training.
Non-qualified pilots are advised to try an Aerobatic Trial Lesson before beginning the course. Qualified pilots usually discuss their requirements with a flight school in order to determine a suitable level of training.
The course length varies:
- No previous aerobatic experience: a minimum of 8 hours flight time, and 8 hours of ground instruction.
- Previous aerobatic experience: it’s possible to achieve the required standard in less time. Your instructor can advise you about this after your first flight.
► Aerobatic Certificate Course Structure
The course syllabus is as follows:
- Slow flight: level, climbing, turning and descending
- Combination Sequences
- Spins and Precision Recoveries
- Stall entries
- Recoveries from various flight attitudes
- Engine/airframe: knowledge of limitations / safety aspects
- Pre-flight procedures
- Advanced (maximum rate) turns
- Stall Turn
- Aileron Roll
- Roll off the top of a Loop
► Other Information:
The typical cost for the basic course, including landing fees, is around £1,800+.
I recommend that you enquire with your flight school about:
- Membership fees
- Additional flying hours (usually charged at the normal rate)