Aerobatics is the practice of flying maneuvers involving aircraft attitudes that are not used in normal flight. Aerobatics are performed in airplanes and gliders for training, recreation, entertainment, and sport. Additionally, some helicopters, such as the “RedBull” Bo 105, are capable of limited aerobatic maneuvers. The term is sometimes referred to as acrobatics, especially when translated.
Aerobatics are generally flown in one of three disciplines, each having their own legal and safety requirements. Many of Lone Star Aerobatic Club’s members balance their summer calendar between weekend fun, competition flying, and airshows around the country. If you are interested in any aspect of aerobatics or just want to come hang out at our next fly in or practice day please feel free to contact us! We love to share our passion!
Aerobatics are flown over an airport with judges grading each maneuver from the ground. Pilots are broken into 5 categories; Primary, Sportsman, Intermediate, Advanced, and Unlimited. Each pilot with fly three different flights, usually a Known, Freestyle, and Unknown. Scores are totaled from the three flights to determine the winner. Competitions are great for those with a competitive spirit, or those simply looking to hangout at an airport, eat, drink, fly, and talk aviation! Competitions also play a key role in building sound flying skills and are often use as a stepping stone into Airshow aerobatics. Check out IAC.org for more information on Competitions.
Millions of people each year watch the thrilling low level aerobatics that airshow pilots put on at airshows around the world. This type of aerobatics is generally reserved for highly skilled and experienced aerobatic pilots that have usually completed at least several years of training and are competing at high levels of competition. Unlike Competition, airshows are only open to those that hold a low level flight waver from the FAA. For more information on airshows and becoming an airshow pilot check out www.airshows.aero.
This category encompasses all of those pilots who love aviation and aerobatics but do not participate in either competitions or airshows. Even if its just a loop and a roll in an old Stearman biplane aerobatics are a thrilling experience! Participating in aerobatics in any level will make you a more precise and confident pilot!
Aerobatics is not stunt flying. It is precision flying. And yes, there is such a thing as gentle aerobatics.
The International Aerobatic Club (IAC) is not a competition-only organization. Only about 10 percent of the members compete, and in the end, competition is not what aerobatics is about. Competition is just one avenue of expression. Aerobatics is about the pure freedom of flight in all forms.
Aerobatics is about safety and recovery training. Aerobatics is about being able to confidently and safely fly in all corners of the aircraft envelope. Aerobatics is about the sheer joy that this kind of flying brings. Aerobatics is about how this kind of training brings a pilot’s confidence level up and his fear level down. All of these things enhance flight safety, as well as being a heck of a lot of fun. One does not need to compete to feel these effects, or to gain these benefits.
The International Aerobatic Club (IAC) is a division of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and the National Aeronautics Association (NAA). It promotes aerobatics and governs the sport of competition aerobatics in the United States under the regulations of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI). IAC chapters throughout the U.S. promote aerobatics at a local level and host aerobatic critiques, seminars and competitions.