AOPA Intermediate Aerobatic Certificate

What does the course cover?

The course consists of 8 hours' dual flying with an instructor in a combination of the T67M260 and Extra 300.  Pilots with some aerobatic experience may qualify for a reduction in the flying hour requirement.  The theoretical knowledge section of the course (see below) consists of a minimum of 6 hours (at least 3 hours of briefing - the remaining 3 hours may be carried out through self-study under supervision).

Can anyone do the course?

Students may commence the course at any time after qualifying for the AOPA Standard Aerobatic Certificate or if they are considered to be at an equivalent standard.  Upon completion of the course, students are required to have their competence assessed in the air by an AOPA registered instructor.  When the test has satisfactorily been completed, it may be sent off to AOPA accompanied by a small fee, who will then issue a certificate.

Flight Training - Intermediate Aerobatic Manoeuvres Assessed

  • Climbing roll, 45 degrees up
  • Climbing half roll, 45 degrees up
  • Inverted 1 1/2-turn spin (Extra 300)
  • Modified Loops
  • Humpties with 1/4 rolls
  • Outside looping figures: 1/4 roll up, stall turn, push out; half outside loop upwards
  • Flick rolls: level, 45 degrees down, half flick
  • Inward rolling 180 turn
  • Outward rolling 90 turn
  • Eight-point roll
  • Square loop
  • Half square loop - 1/4 roll up and down
  • Combinations of the above manoeuvres (instructors work with students to design short 3-figure mini-sequences that suit the characteristics of the aircraft).

Theoretical Knowledge Training

1. Technical Subjects

  •    Inverted flight systems
  •    Inverted stalling and spinning
  •    Accelerated spins

2. Aircraft - Specific Characteristics

  •    Permitted manoeuvres
  •    Inverted flight limitations
  •    Negative G limitations

3. Emergency drills

  •    Use of parachute.  Aircraft abandonment.

4. Aresti

  •    Notation for Intermediate aerobatic manoeuvres
  •    Aresti System (condensed) -

5. Human Factors

  •    Effects of negative G
  •    Positive G tolerance following negative G manoeuvres
  •    Disorientation in inverted flight