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AOPA Aerobatic Certificate  


AOPA is actively involved in encouraging pilots to achieve added competence, and the AOPA Aerobatic Certificate course was specifically designed for those pilots who are interested in obtaining skills in aerobatic manoeuvres.

A number of AOPA Corporate Flying Training Organisations in the UK are registered to conduct courses for the AOPA Aerobatic Certificate, which follows a specially designed syllabus of training.

Aerobatic Courses

There are three AOPA Aerobatic Certificate Courses, Basic, Standard and Intermediate, all of the courses cover learning various aerobatic manoeuvres. AOPA together with the British Aerobatic Association (BAeA) have designed these syllabi of instruction in order to encourage those pilots who wish to become proficient in aerobatic manoeuvres to undertake the right training through a properly structured formal course. These courses are also required if pilots want to take part in Aerobatic events organised by the BAeA.

Looping Yes Yes Yes
Rolling Yes Yes Yes
Stall Turn Yes Yes Yes
Half Cuban Eight   Yes Yes
Four Point Roll   Yes Yes
Hesitation Loops   Yes Yes
Flick Rolls     Yes
Rolling Turns     Yes
Climbing Rolls     Yes
Theoretical Knowledge The Theoretical Knowledge section of the course will consist of a minimum of eight hours, four hours of briefings/lectures to be given by a person qualified to instruct in aerobatic flying and the remaining four hours to be carried out through self study under supervision.
Flight Test The flight test must be carried out by an instructor registered with AOPA for this purpose and it should be noted that the flight test is in addition to the flight time required for the course.

An applicant may commence the course at any time after qualifying for a Private Pilot’s Licence or National Private Pilot’s Licence. There are no minimum pre-entry hour or time requirements to enter the course of training. The courses consist of dual flying with an instructor who is qualified to give aerobatic instruction and relevant theoretical knowledge training. (Pilots who already have some aerobatic experience may qualify for a reduction in the flying hour requirement of the course.)

Having completed the course and been assessed as competent to the required standard, the applicant will be signed off on an application form provided in the syllabus. Upon receipt of this form, we will issue an AOPA Aerobatic Certificate to provide evidence of competency.

Part-FCL Aerobatic Rating

With the exception of aerobatic flight in non-Part 21 aircraft by holders of pilot licences issued in accordance with Article 152 of the Air Navigation Order, solo aerobatic flights may only be flown by pilots who hold a Part-FCL Aerobatic Rating in accordance with FCL.800.

FCL.800 Aerobatic rating

(a) Holders of a pilot licence with privileges to fly aeroplanes or TMGs shall undertake aerobatic flights only if they hold an aerobatic rating in accordance with this point

(b) Applicants for an aerobatic rating shall have completed:

(1) after the issue of the licence, at least 30 hours of flight time as PIC in aeroplanes or TMGs;

(2) a training course at DTO or at an ATO, including:

(i) theoretical knowledge instruction appropriate for the rating;

(ii) at least 5 hours of aerobatic instruction in aeroplanes or TMGs flown with engine power.

(c) The privileges of the aerobatic rating shall be limited to aerobatic flight in either aeroplanes or TMGs flown with engine power, depending on which aircraft the requirements of (b)(1) and (b)(2)(ii) were complied with. This limitation shall be lifted upon application if a pilot has successfully completed at least 3 dual training flights in aeroplanes or TMGs flown with engine power, as applicable, covering the full aerobatic training syllabus.

The AOPA Basic Aerobatic Certificate course of training meets the training requirements of the Part-FCL Aerobatic Rating; however, ATO/DTO aerobatic training providers must advise the CAA if they are using the AOPA training syllabus for their aerobatic training course.

There is a separate syllabus for each of the three levels offered; Basic, Intermediate and Standard.

Training is offered by a number of Training Organisations who are AOPA Corporate Members and registered with AOPA to offer the Aerobatics Training. These are listed below.

Name Position Phone
AEROS - Cardiff Cardiff Airport (EGFF) 01446 710000
AEROS - Coventry Coventry Airport (EGBE) 02476 920110
AEROS - Gloucester Gloucester Airport (EGBJ) 01452 857419
AEROS - Wellesbourne Wellesbourne Mountford Airport (EGBW) 01789 470434
Airborne Services Ltd Somerset 01963 365728
Avalanche Aviation Limited Sleap Airfield (EGCV)
Blackbushe Aviation Surrey 01252 877277
British Aerobatic Association Cambridgeshire
Bustard Flying Club Wiltshire 01980 664519
Cambridge Aero Club Cambridgeshire 01223 373717
Cotswold Aero Club Gloucestershire 01452 713924
Coventry Flying School Warwickshire 02476 301428
Cubair Flight Training Ltd Surrey 01737 822124
Devon and Somerset Flight Training Ltd Devon 01404 891643
Euro Flight Training Ltd Hampshire
Goodwood Flying School West Sussex 01243 755066
High G Flight Training Blackpool Airport (EGNH)
On-Track Aviation Limited Warwickshire 01789 842777
Leicestershire Aero Club Ltd Leicestershire 0116 2592360
Lyneham Flying Club Gloucestershire 0330 1137 716
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