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Flying in the Aerobatic Box

Flying in the Aerobatic Box I fly with students as a safety pilot in aerobatic competitions on a fairly regular basis. Flying as safety pilot provides a unique experience because I am watching somebody compete, somebody I have probably trained and know their flying abilities well. Their actual performance on the “big day” is often […]

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. Sometimes it appears in Sports unknown sequences and when it does, causes great problems as it is not easy. It is a non-Aresti figure and therefore is not in the CIVA Aresti catalog for powered […]

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 […]

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 […]

How to Fly a Loop

In aerobatics, all manoeuvres stem from just a few “prime” figures and the loop is probably the most important of these since it is most prevalent. Even a Stall Turn (Hammer Head for our colonial cousins) incorporates a quarter loop at entry and exit. If you are to succeed in aerobatic competitions, it is therefore essential […]

Spinning Part 4 – How to Fly the Competition Spin

In previous blog posts we described the judging criteria for the aerobatic competition spin. In this blog I will describe how to fly it and highlight common errors. Aircraft spin differently according to how you enter the spin. If you are to recover on heading, you need to apply a consistent recovery technique to a […]

New Years Resolutions and Aerobatics

What’s your New years resolution? Traditionally the beginning of the New Year calls for strengthening ones resolve to get things done. Aerobatics of course requires commitment and application and therefore needs this resolve. I urge everybody to reorganise their priorities and do it, the only real thing in life is making memories! I used to […]