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Adrian WillisWritten by Adrian Willis on 21st October 2018

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 and taken off after the turn is completed.  Steep Turns regularly feature in Club, Sportsman and Intermediate level competitions, the later often inverted, so it is important to learn to fly them well. Additionally the same technique is used for wing rocks and a similar technique is required for a 90 degree roll. Like many things, they are not difficult but they do take some learning and some practice and the correct technique needs to be applied.


Aerobatic Turn

From BAeA website


Judging Criteria


How to Fly a Steep Turn

In this example I will assume that the HASELL checks have been completed and height and speed is sufficient and it is trimmed to zero G.


Common Mistakes


The judging criteria has been taken from CIVA Section 6 part 1 PDF from the CIVA website.

Flying a good aerobatic steep turn takes practice. Learning the correct technique will save you hours of fruitless practice. Any questions, please ask below. To book aerobatic training, contact Adrian at or call or message him at 07712864413. Please subscribe to our blogs as the more interested readers we have, the easier it is to justify on-going resources!