Aerobatics
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Inward Rolling Turn
April 26, 2020

The rolling turn or rolling circle is the king of aerobatics. I remember how I worked so hard...

Positive Flick Rolls
April 26, 2020

A well executed flick roll (called ‘snap roll’ in the USA) is a truly spectacular figure...

How To Fly an Aerobatic Steep Turn
April 26, 2020

An aerobatic steep turn is different to a steep turn learned in PPL training. It is a turn of at...

Flying in the Aerobatic Box
April 26, 2020

I fly with students as a safety pilot in aerobatic competitions on a fairly regular basis. Flying as...

How to Fly a Half Cuban Eight
April 26, 2020

The half Cuban-Eight combines a loop element, a 45° line and a half roll. It is a nice aerobatic...

How to Fly A Chandelle (Wing-Over)
April 26, 2020

The Chandelle or Wing Over, is a glider aerobatic figure and often features...

Slow Roll or Aileron Rolls
April 26, 2020

In this post I will discuss how to fly an aerobatic slow roll in the horizontal, 45º and...

The Humpty Bump
April 26, 2020

A ‘Humpty Bump’ is an aerobatic figure that comprises of two straight lines joined...

The Stall Turn or Hammerhead
April 26, 2020

The stall turn is a magnificent aerobatic figure.  It looks graceful and elegant when...

Centre of Gravity Track (CGT) & Zero Lift Axis (ZLA)
April 26, 2020

To judge aerobatics we look at the aircraft and measure either the imaginary line it draws...

How to Fly a Loop
April 26, 2020

In aerobatics, all manoeuvres stem from just a few “prime” figures and the loop is probably...

Spinning Part 4 – How to Fly the Competition Spin
April 26, 2020

In previous blog posts we described the judging criteria for the aerobatic competition...

New Years Resolutions and Aerobatics
April 26, 2020

What’s your New years resolution? Traditionally the beginning of the New Year calls...

Spinning Part 3, The Competition Spin
April 26, 2020

In part 1 I introduced spins and explained the importance of learning to spin...

Spinning Part 2, The Aerodynamics of a Spin
April 26, 2020

When an aircraft wing “stalls”, the airflow detaches from the wing and reduces lift...

Spinning Part 1 – Overcoming the Fear of Spinning
April 26, 2020

During your flying training, you may have been lucky enough to experience a spin...

End of season review
April 26, 2020

We have had a most magnificent season with students attending courses from...