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Some pilots want to go into aerobatic competitions where you have to fly known sequences and have your performance judged. The pressure is on to make the manoeuvres perfect. British Aerobatics runs season-long events at various levels and are very welcoming to newcomers.

Other pilots are content to take-off, fly a 20-minute routine boring holes in the sky and revel in an outburst of rolls, loops, wing-overs and more. One pilot who runs a private jet charter business told me that going for a brief aerobatic flight was his one indulgence, highly satisfying and easily fitted into his otherwise busy schedule.

From 8 April 2018, it became necessary to hold an EASA Aerobatic Rating if you want to fly aerobatics in an EASA aircraft. The syllabus is the same as the AOPA Aerobatic Course and the AOPA Certificate is recognised. British Aerobatics has its own academy and several flight schools, such as The Yakovlevs at Henstridge, also offer the rating. 

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