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Aerobatics

As the only CAA Fully Certified Aerobatic Training School in Wanaka, we operate both a tailwheel Citabria and Tigermoth aircraft Citabriafor our Aerobatic training.

The Citabria (Airbatic spelt backwards) is a basic American Aerobatic trainer, while the Tigermoth (DH82a) is the backbone of Aviation history and was a basic trainer used during WWII by all the Commonwealth countries.

We offer CAA Approved Ground Courses for Basic Aerobatic ratings and Aerobatic Instructor Ratings.  Peter is an approved Flight Examiner so your final aerobatic assessment can also be completed onsite.

 Why do an Aerobatic Rating?

Learning aerobatics not only allows you to explore the full envelope of the aircraft, it considerably enhances confidence in your own ability.

Student pilots, having learnt the basic manoeuvres, noticeably improve in their general handling of the aircraft. Aerobatics develop a feel and sensitivity for the aircraft and a de-sensitivity to manoeuvring flight. They develop an instinctive awareness of attitude and the quickest way back to straight-and-level, controlled flight.  Because an aircraft manoeuvres in three-dimensional space, a pilot should be capable of placing the aircraft into any attitude and recovering safely from any attitude.

And a good reason for learning aerobatics is the sheer enjoyment of it all.  There is nothing more exhilarating than flying an aerobatic aircraft and putting together a smoothly coordinated, balanced and well-performed sequence of aerobatic manoeuvres.

Above all, the learning of aerobatics develops respect for the aircraft and yourself – your abilities, your capabilities and your limitations. Aerobatics is exciting flight. No pilot should miss the opportunity to at least fly the basic, positive-g manoeuvres.

Courses offered.

Tiger enroute to Lake Wanaka

Spin Training

 2 Hours Dual including the following;

  •  Ground Briefings
  • Basic and Advance Stalling revision.
  • Recognise the symptoms of the Incipient and Developed Spins
  • Recovery techniques

Basic Aerobatics

5 Hours Dual including the following:

  •  Aerobatic Rating Requirements.
  • Types of aerobatics.IMG_0323
  • Aircraft Capabilities.
  • Pilot Capabilities.
  • Weather Conditions.
  • Altitude/Airspace requirements.
  • Area (Box) to conduct aeros.
  • Preflight.
  • Emergencies.

 Air Exercises

  • Spinning
  • Wingovers
  • Loops
  • Aileron Rolls / Barrel Rolls
  • Stall Turns
  • Revision
  • Assessment

 Solo revision as required

 Instructor Aerobatic Rating

 Ground Course covering the following (3-5 days)

  • Aerobatic Rating Requirements.
  • Types of aerobatics.
  • Aircraft Capabilities.
  • Pilot Capabilities.
  • Weather Conditions.
  • Altitude/Airspace requirements.
  • Area (Box) to conduct aeros.
  • Preflight.
  • Emergencies.

 Ground Briefings and Air Exercises covering:

  •  Spinning
  • Wingovers
  • Loops
  • Aileron Rolls / Barrel Rolls
  • Stall Turns
  • Revision
  • Assesment

 

Flying hours will depend on Students prior Aerobatic experience.