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How to Fly a Half Cuban Eight

The half Cuban-Eight combines a loop element, a 45° line and a half roll. It is a nice aerobatic figure and regularly features in Club, Sportsman and Intermediate level competitions as well as in later levels, though there tend to be several additional embellishments at Advanced and Unlimited. Whilst relatively straight forward, there are several […]

How to Fly A Chandelle (Wing-Over)

The Chandelle is a glider aerobatic figure and often features in the BAeA Club Known sequence for Powered aircraft as well. It is a non-Aresti figure and therefore is not in the CIVA Aresti catalog for powered aerobatics. It is essentially a 45° up line followed by a wing-over and a 45°down line. As it regularly features […]

Why do a Tail-Wheel Course?

Being an aviation enthusiast, I enjoy bringing the joy of aviation to others. I feel that the enjoyment of pure flying is being forgotten or lost. In most cases todays pilots just do not realise what they are missing. I would like to describe the merits of our magnificent 1946 Cessna 140 so that others […]

The Humpty Bump

A ‘Humpty Bump’ is an aerobatic figure that comprises of two straight lines joined by a looping element. The lines can be either vertical or 45° lines and can start going up or down. Depending on the aerobatic level, there are often plenty of embellishments ensuring the K factor is high. Many Humpty Bumps will have a […]

Centre of Gravity Track (CGT) & Zero Lift Axis (ZLA)

To judge aerobatics we look at the aircraft and measure either the imaginary line it draws (Centre of Gravity Track) or the direction the aircraft is pointing along the aircrafts axis (Zero Lift Axis). We therefore need to understand these two concepts and then understand which to apply and when.     Centre of Gravity Track […]

Slow Roll or Aileron Rolls

In this post I will discuss how to fly an aerobatic slow roll in the horizontal, 45º and vertical plane following the CIVA judging criteria.  Slow rolls are often referred to as aileron rolls to distinguish them from ‘flick’ or ‘snap’ rolls (something I will discuss in a separate post). The main difference being that in […]

Formation Flying with the British Aerobatic Academy by Robert Hunter

We are at 2000 feet, G-EEEK, the British Aerobatic Association’s Extra 200 flying straight and level, buffeted slightly by unseen turbulence.    I am concentrating hard, trying to stay one step ahead of my aircraft.   Limited though my skills are, flying straight and level would not ordinarily be that much of a problem.  But […]

The Stall Turn or Hammerhead

The stall turn is a magnificent aerobatic figure.  It looks graceful and elegant when flown well but is actually very challenging to fly perfectly and the further up the aerobatic ladder you go, the more challenging it becomes with ever more difficult embellishments and energy management issues. The vanilla stall turn has a k factor of […]

Pre CPL and IR Hour Building

Getting your hour building strategy right is a perfect way of to give yourself a fantastic foundation on which to build your entire flying career. If done optimally, it is a great way to  improve your flying skills ready for CPL and IR training. Avoid just hiring the cheapest plane and flying around until you have accumulated the […]

Extra 200 Start Procedure

This is a quick guide to the startup and line up checks for the Extra 200. Learning these checks will help when converting to the Extra. Pre-Start Procedure (cold) Canopy closed and locked Harness tight Headset on Flight Controls – Check Full and Free Movement Fuel to Centre tank (horizontal) Propeller Fully Fine (Pushed in) […]