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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 eight hours required in the Theoretical Knowledge part of the course.

A candidate 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 preentry 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. (Pilots who already have some aerobatic experience may qualify for a reduction in the flying hour requirement of the course.)

It is recommended that pilots do not practice solo aerobatics until they have been trained and proved competent in certain aspects of aerobatic flying depending on what level they are at, see brief outline below.

The course of training is reflected in the syllabus and upon completing the course candidates will be required to have their competence assessed in the air.

Upon completion of the course to the required standard, the applicant will be signed off as competent at basic aerobatic manoeuvres on an application form provided in the Syllabus and upon receipt of this form, we will issue an AOPA Aerobatic Certificate to provide evidence of competency.

EASA Aerobatic Rating

From 8 April 2018, to undertake Aerobatic flights in an EASA aircraft an EASA Licence and Aerobatic Rating will be required :

FCL.800 Aerobatic rating

(a) Holders of a pilot licence for aeroplanes, TMG or sailplanes shall only undertake aerobatic flights when they hold the appropriate rating.

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

(1) at least 40 hours of flight time or, in the case of sailplanes, 120 launches as PIC in the appropriate aircraft category, completed after the issue of the licence;
(2) a training course at an ATO, including:

(i) theoretical knowledge instruction appropriate for the rating;
(ii) at least 5 hours or 20 flights of aerobatic instruction in the appropriate aircraft category.

(c) The privileges of the aerobatic rating shall be limited to the aircraft category in which the flight instruction was completed. The privileges will be extended to another category of aircraft if the pilot holds a licence for that aircraft category and has successfully completed at least 3 dual training flights covering the full aerobatic
training syllabus in that category of aircraft.

If you complete an AOPA Aerobatic Certificate before 8 April 2018 there are no minimum flight time requirements as PIC .

The AOPA Aerobatic Certificate will be recognised as an EASA Aerobatic Rating, though will need to be added to an EASA licence from 8 April 2018.

Full details and any updates can be found in CAP 804.


A candidate who already has reasonable aerobatic experience, who wishes to obtain any of the AOPA Aerobatic Certificates can do so by applying for a flight competency test with any qualified instructor who is registered with AOPA for the purpose of conducting such tests.


Aerobatics Course Syllabi

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.

Any Flight Training Organisation may register with AOPA to provide the Aerobatics Training so long as they are also an AOPA Corporate Member. For further details contact AOPA UK Office.

Copies of the relevant Syllabus, and updates, are provided by AOPA to the registered Flight Training Organisation as part of their registration fee. This may be in either electronic form or hard copy as required.

The syllabi are produced and Copyrighted by Campbell Consultants, who receive Royalties for each copy. Under the copyright, Flight Schools registered to provide the Aerobatics Training course may make copies of the relevant syllabus for use by their Instructor/s and Students taking an Aerobatic Course, for their own personal reference only. The syllabus may not be made publicly available or copied, in whole or part, for wider distribution in any form.

You may purchase a copy of the syllabus for your own personal use, which excludes providing aerobatic training unless you have a Corporate Membership, or other agreement with AOPA UK, for training use. It should be noted that these syllabi do not contain any reference material other than the syllabus content.

To purchase a copy please click here.

To view AOPA Training providers on a Map click HERE.

List of current AOPA Aerobatic Training Providers:

Name Position Phone
Airborne Services Ltd Somerset 01963 365728
Blackbushe Aviation Surrey 01252 877277
Booker Aviation Buckinghamshire 01494 529262
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
Flight Performance Training Ltd Shoreham Airport (EGKA) 01273 569111
Goodwood Flying School West Sussex 01243 755066
Gridline Engineering Ltd Littlehampton, West Sussex
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
Old Buckenham Aero Club Old Buckenham Airfield (EGSV) 01953 860806
Philip O'Donoghue Suffolk 01284 706307
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