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Aerobatic Rating


Aerobatic Rating - Part FCL.800.A

The Ultimate High Academy is one of only three aerobatics training "Schools of excellence" in the UK, as recommended by the British Aerobatic Association. 

The Aerobatic Rating is a lifetime rating.  It may be undertaken by any pilot who has completed at least 40 hours of flight time as PIC in the appropriate aircraft category, since the issue of their licence.  The course requires at least 5 hours of aerobatic instruction (translating to 8 hours of flying time) or 20 flights, and theoretical knowledge instruction as described below.

The flight exercises are repeated as necessary until the applicant achieves a safe and competent standard and at the end of the course the student pilot should be able to perform a flight containing a sequence of aerobatic manoeuvres.

The Aerobatic Rating course is conducted in the T67M260 Firefly and is around 8 hours of flying (around 10-12 sorties, along with 8 hours of ground instruction).  It normally takes 5 days, weather and student aerobatic capacity/aptitude permitting, with courses usually starting on a Monday and continuing through to Friday.

If a student can satisfactorily demonstrate previous aerobatics experience, the course hours can be reduced.  The course does not include a convex to the aircraft - this is something that may be done separately, if required.

Our Aerobatic Rating course is available through ELCAS - the MOD's Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELC).   Go to their website and search for UPRT - we are provider 10824 Power Aerobatics Ltd.

Aerobatic Rating - Theoretical Knowledge

(1) human factors and body limitation:

  • spatial disorientation

  • airsickness

  • body stress and G-forces, positive and negative

  • effects of grey- and blackouts

(2) technical subjects:

  • legislation affecting aerobatic flying to include environmental and noise subjects

  • principles of aerodynamics to include slow flight, stalls and spins, flat and inverted

  • general airframe and engine limitations

(3) limitations applicable to the specific aircraft category (and type):

  • air speed limitations

  • symmetric load factors

  • rolling Gs (type-related, as applicable

(4) aerobatic manoeuvres and recovery:

  • entry parameters

  • planning systems and sequencing of manoeuvres

  • rolling manoeuvres

  • looping manoeuvres

  • combination manoeuvres

  • entry and recovery from developed spins, flat, accelerated and inverted

(5) emergency procedures:

  • recovery from unusual attitudes

  • drills to include the use of parachutes (if worn) and aircraft abandonment

Aerobatic Rating - Flying Training

(1) confidence manoeuvres and recoveries:

  • slow flights and stalls

  • steep turns

  • side slips

  • engine restart in-flight (if applicable)

  • spins and recovery

  • recovery from spiral dives

  • recovery from unusual attitudes

(2) aerobatic manoeuvres:

  • Chandelle (Wingover)

  • Lazy Eight

  • rolls

  • loops

  • inverted flight

  • Hammerhead turn (Stall Turn)

  • Immelmann (Roll off the Top)

Please contact us for pricing and availability.

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