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Spinning Part 5, Advanced Fractions

One and a Quarter and One and Three Quarter Turn Spins When spinning, the trajectory is not vertically down but forward and down. This makes 1/4 and 3/4 fractions of spins more complicated because the heavy nose follows the trajectory after recovery causing, in a left spin, the right wing to be high and for […]

The Quarter Clover

The Quarter Clover The quarter clover is a common airshow figure and regularly seen in BAeA competitions in the Sportsman category and has been a figure in the BAeA Club known sequence.  In recent times, at Air Shows, it has also become known as a “Bent Loop” Simply put, a quarter clover is a loop […]

How To Fly an Aerobatic Steep Turn

An aerobatic steep turn is different to a steep turn learned in PPL training. It is a turn of at least 60° angle of bank where the bank angle is initiated without turning, then the aircraft is made to turn, the turn is then stopped and then the bank rolled off before the turn starts […]

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 […]

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 […]