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Standard Aerobatic Course

The objective of this course is to allow you to become a proficient and safe Sports level aerobatic pilot through a structured course. Satisfactory completion of the course will allow you to apply for the issue of an AOPA standard level aerobatic certificate, should you wish. You may commence the Standard Level course once you’ve successfully completed the Basic Level course.

The course is comprised of six hours dual flying with one of our instructors, many of whom are national champions and display pilots and a ground school element, consisting of three hours of briefings from an instructor and three hours of supervised self study. At the end of the course, there is an assessment of competency air test, not included in the six hours.

Price: £1800

The price includes 6 hours dual instruction in our Pitts S-2A, with full pre-briefs and post flight discussion, and 6 hours of ground school, of which 3 hours are supervised self-study. The cost includes all landing fees. You will just need to become a short term member of West London Aero Club which will cost you £33 for one month, or the duration of the course (whichever is longer).  This price does not include the assessment of competence flight test, on completion of the course.

If you'd like to complete the course in our Extra 330LX please get in touch.


The course consists of:

Six hours ground school (three with an instructor and three self study) during which we will cover the following:


Technical subjects

  • Kinetic and potential energy

  • Energy management

  • Stalling and spinning

Aircraft specific characteristics

  • Aileron design and adverse yaw

  • P-factor and slipstream effects

  • Propeller gyroscopes

  • Weight, balance and inertia

  • G limitations

Emergency drills

Aresti - Aerobatic notation/short hand

Sequence appreciation

  • Height analysis

  • Sequence learning and preparation

  • Effects of a headwind and crosswind on figures


Six hours of aerobatic flight time including but not limited to the following:

Revision of the basic aerobatics figures:

  • Loops

  • Aileron rolls

  • Stall turns

  • Half-loop, half-roll


Precision Spinning, where you stop on a heading:

  • Entered from level flight

  • Entered from a climbing 45 line  

  • 1 turn spin

  • 1 ½ turn spin


Mishandling on vertical lines, to include:

  • Inadvertent spinning, torque and gyroscopic at low speed


New figures and manoeuvres:  

  • Quarter clover, rolling up

  •  Precision wingovers (also called Chandelles)

  •  Hesitation rolls:

Two point rolls

Four point rolls

  • Hesitation loops:


Q loopsHumpty bumps (vertical up and down, with a half loop in between)

Combination figures:

  • Stall turn with ¼ roll on the way down

  • Half roll followed by half loop (also called the split-S)

  • Half cuban eight

  • Reverse half Cuban either

  • Combinations of the figures:

  • 1 ½ turn spin followed by a stall turn

  • Half reverse Cuban followed by a half Cuban

  • Split-S followed by four point roll

  • Other combinations

At the end of this course, you will have grasped the above figures and we will get you flying complete sequences (including unknown sequences) of figures, to the point at which you could fly a Sports Level competition.

Price: £1800

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