The Aerobatic Rating


This is a Formal Rating that appears on your Pilots Licence. Training must be performed by an instructor who is authorised to train for the rating, at an Approved Training Organisation (ATO or DTO). On successful completion of training, you will need to apply to the CAA for the Rating to be added to your licence, with supporting documentation. There is no test for the issue of the rating, and the rating is valid for life thereafter, with no revalidation or renewal requirements.

The Aerobatics Rating is a fantastic logical step to take, even though you may not wish to perform aerobatics! The reason is that you'll become a better handling pilot as a result, and have more confidence on your own abilities.

Whilst we can teach the rating in any 2-seat aerobatic aircraft, we would urge you to train in an aircraft that presents some challenges in the way of handling and performance. It's relatively easy to perform aerobatics in an aircraft designed to do just that (such as a Yak or an Extra). It's much more difficult to get a Cessna Aerobat to do what you want nicely!

If you already have an aerobatic rating, it's vital to get some dual training on any aerobatic aircraft you're new to - especially an aerobatic one - since these aircraft may well have areas of the flight envelope to be wary of until you have experienced them!

We have various locations which meet the requirements to train you for your Aerobatics Rating.

See below for further information.



Applicants for an aerobatic rating shall have completed:

  • 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.


Training Required

A training course must be completed at an ATO, including:

  • Theoretical knowledge instruction appropriate for the rating
  • At least 5 hours or 20 flights of aerobatic instruction in the appropriate aircraft category



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.


Course Syllabus

Our syllabus not only conforms to the officially required trianing, but we also show you some tips, tricks and best practices to ensure you get the very best out of your time spent with us.

  • Technical Theoretical Knowledge
    • Legislation
    • Aircraft Limitations
    • Principles of Flight (Stalls/Spins)
  • Human Performance Theoretical Knowledge
    • G-Forces
    • Disorientation
    • Air Sickness
  • Type Specific Theoretical Knowledge
    • Load Factors
    • Airspeeds
    • Engine Management
  • Emergency Theoretical Knowledge
    • Parachutes
    • Aircraft Abandonment
  • Long Brief & Practical Flight Exercises
    • HASSELL Checks
    • Noise Abatement
    • Advanced Turning
    • Slow Flight
    • Stall Recovery
    • Unusual Attitude Recovery
    • Spin Recovery
    • Tail-Slide Avoidance
    • Vne
    • Engine Re-starts
    • Gate Height and Speeds
    • Aileron Roll
    • Loop
    • Barrel Roll
    • Slow Roll
    • Flick Roll
    • Stall Turn
    • Immelmann
    • Half Cuban
    • Quarter Clover
    • Combinations
    • * Note some manoeuvres may not be possible in certain aircraft


Remember that you are being instructed by an instructor with an enviable reputation for delivering results to you. Our personal objective is to make sure you land with a smile on your face. If you don’t – we haven’t done our job properly.

There are three options for our instructional charges; £50 per hour, £150 per half-day, or £250 per full day.

If you want us to come to you, just add our travelling and accommodation (at cost).

The aircraft costs are extra; you can use your own aircraft, hire from a training organisation local to you, or hire from a training organisation local to us.


Where can I do this course?

We are more than happy to come to you wherever you are! However, we normally operate in Essex, with relatively easy access to the airfields in the area. We teach (and examine) regularly (either as part of a club or freelance) at Earls Colne, Andrewsfield, North Weald, Duxford, Crowfield and Cambridge. There are numerous smaller airfields available such as Elmsett, Clacton, Rougham and Great Oakley within easy reach. Southend and Stapleford are also possible.


Which Aircraft can I use?

You can use your own or syndicate aircraft, which in some ways, is better since you'll become really familiar with it as part of the course!

If you belong to a flying club already, most organisations are happy for us to instruct in their aircraft if that's an option you'd like to pursue.

If you need to hire an aircraft locally to us, we have access to a variety of aircraft types and training organisations. Please feel free to contact us for more detailed information.