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Inward Rolling Turn

The rolling turn or rolling circle is the king of aerobatics. I remember how I worked so hard to perfect it and thought I was flying it quite well, I was always a bit miffed that the judges didn’t agree but several years later I realised how much better I was able to fly it! […]

Positive Flick Rolls

A well executed flick roll (called ‘snap roll’ in the USA) is a truly spectacular figure.  It should be explosive and dramatic but also meet the judging criteria. The figure is executed so rapidly that it is difficult to judge. In an effort to improve judging accuracy, judges can allocate a “Perception Zero” or PZ. […]

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 […]

Hasell Checks and Why Do we Do Them

Aimed at – entry level aerobatics HASELL checks are designed to make sure everything is good prior to doing stuff that might result in the aircraft entering an unusual attitude, being on the fringes of control or being out of control and consuming a large amount of height during the recovery process. Of course the […]

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 […]

How to Fly A Chandelle (Wing-Over)

The Chandelle or Wing Over, 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 […]

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 […]