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AOPA (UK) Aerobatic Certificate of Competency course

This is not a rating as such but a diploma issued by AOPA. It may very very well be relevant if you have an interest in aeros and wish to insure your aircraft to undertake them.

A candidate may commence the course at any time after qualifying for a PPL (A) / NPPL (A)

There are no minimum pre-entry hour or time requirements to enter the course of training

Most flying clubs and schools will recognise this certificate and should only require the pilot to complete an aircraft conversion and/or competency check before being cleared for aerobatics in the club/school aerobatic aircraft

There are no revalidation requirements but common sense and flight safety would dictate that any pilot not in current aerobatic practice (not flown aerobatics within 28 days) should complete a dual flight with an aerobatic qualified instructor before flying solo aerobatics


The training will include:-
  • 10 hours dual flight instruction (Pilots who already have some aerobatic experience may qualify for a reduction in the flying hours)

  • 10 hours theoretical knowledge training of which 5 hours may be self study under supervision

Flight Competency Test

Pass a Flight Competency Test with an instructor who is registered with AOPA for the purpose of conducting such tests

  • Pre-Flight Procedures

  • Overall Airmanship

  • Slow Flight - Level, Turning, Climbing and Descending

  • Stall entries and recoveries from various flight attitudes

  • Advanced Turning - Maximum Rate Turns

  • Spins and precision recoveries

  • Recoveries from Unusual Attitudes

  • Loop

  • Aileron Roll

  • Barrel Roll

  • Slow Roll

  • Stall Turn

  • Half Cuban 8

  • Reverse Half Cuban 8

  • Roll of the Top of a Loop

  • Snap Roll (if permitted on aircraft type)

  • Combination Sequence


Candidates who already have reasonable aerobatic experience and who wish to obtain an AOPA aerobatic certificate may apply for a flight competency test. A satisfactory standard of performance on this test will be accepted as meeting the requirements for the issue of the AOPA aerobatic certificate.

Application for AOPA Aerobatic Certificate

Candidates who have passed the flight competency test may apply for the certificate. An application form completed by the candidate, signed by the instructor who has given the training and the person who completed the Flight Competency Test along with a fee must be sent to AOPA at the address below:
AOPA Administration Secretary
50a Cambridge Street
London SW1V 4QQ


AOPA Aerobatic Certificate Course Syllabus
Basic Aerobatics by R D Campbell and B Tempest
Conquest of Lines and Symmetry by Duane Cole
Royal Air Force Manual Flying AP3456 Volume 5
General Aviation Safety Sense Leaflet No:19 Aerobatics