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The practice of flying maneuvers involving aircraft attitudes that are not used in normal flight, e.g. a barrel roll.

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How I determine numerically the pitch rate of an aircraft?

I have done aerodynamic analysis on a UAV. Is it possible to calculate pitch rate and yaw rate of my UAV depending on design parameters? (I have aerodynamic analysis of the wing, CL, CD, MAC, W, etc.)
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Elevator / horizontal tail effectiveness at high speeds?

Take for example a jet fighter, when at low speeds vs high speeds, airspeed will differ a lot. As the turning moment is due to the lift force from the tail and lift increases quadratically with ...
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Do aerobatic rolls exert high G-forces on an airframe?

In an accident where a flight instructor performed multiple aerobatic manoeuvres in an uncertified aircraft, the load on the airframe caused it to break apart. I know in this accident the instructor ...
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What is meant by a Gimbal Lock and what are the limits of a Heading Indicator and Attitude Indicator? [duplicate]

When we perform a spin in a Cessna 172, I have seen that the Attitude Indicator gets messed up and locks itself into a disoriented reading for sometime. I have read that this usually happens when ...
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Are there fixed wing planes that have a Vne above their terminal velocity with the nose pointed straight down?

Are there any fixed wing aircraft that will not exceed Vne if they are taken to their ceiling, engine is pulled to idle or shut down, and then the nose is pointed straight down? Lets assume they are ...
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Do you need a commercial license to make money as an aerobatic pilot?

Is it required that you possess a commercial pilots license in order to: a) win cash prizes at competitions b) receive payment from sponsors when advertising on the plane wing for example c) be paid ...
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How to prevent altitude loss or keep flight path angle constant while doing aileron maneuver?

I am trying to perform an aileron roll maneuver for an un-manned aircraft in a simulation. The lateral control architecture is that I am controlling roll rate (stability) with aileron stick and side-...
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Helicopter hammerhead-like maneuver

A response to a previous question indicated, “In a helicopter, aft cyclic (“pitching up” in a plane) will only serve to make the helicopter climb and slow down until it reaches equilibrium in the new ...
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Why are the back of the wings of some aerobatic planes swept forward?

I've seen that in some aerobatic planes like the Edge 540, the back of the wings are swept forward. Why is that? Does it help in maneuverability? Photo from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:...
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What planes are good for both Aerobatics and XC? [closed]

Aside from Van’s planes, are there any planes capable of both XC and Aerobatics?
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Where do I go to enter into my first Air Show?

Where/Who do I go to in order to enter for participation in my first Air Show in the UK? I’m sure this isn’t an easy thing to do but my initial searches haven’t been much help…
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Any light aerobatic aircraft suitable for a first aircraft after getting pilot's license?

I plan on getting my pilot's license next spring and purchase an aircraft. My intention is to purchase an aircraft capable of light aerobatics but with flight characteristics suitable for a beginner. ...
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Are the F-18 movements in the Top Gun: Maverick movie really possible?

Lately, I watched the new movie Top Gun: Maverick. A few times Maverick made some impressive movements when he was getting hunted by another fighter jet. He somehow goes slightly up, brakes and gets ...
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Why are spins not allowed below 10k ft msl in the T6b?

Reading through the manual I see that spins are not allowed below 10000 msl in this turboprop aircraft, the t6b, the reason that is written in the manual is as follows, quote: "Spins below 10k ...
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Why did the pilots in Top Gun: Maverick invert at the crest of the mountain before descending?

In Top Gun: Maverick, the pilots plan to perform a bombing run in the valley of a craterous mountain range in F/A-18s. At the crest of the first side of the crater, the pilots were instructed to roll ...
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Why is this low pass considered reckless and resulted in a license loss?

The first clip in the following video shows a Falcon 900X performing a low pass: What exactly is considered reckless here and why would the pilot lose his license?
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What should I know for my first aerobatic competition? [closed]

I'm flying my first aerobatic competition in a few weeks (in a Pitts S2A) and was wondering what I don't know about aerobatics? I have an infinite amount of learning to do - I have a basic knowledge ...
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Maneuvering Speed Discrepancy

In this page from the limitations section of the Extra Flugzeugbau 330SC, it states I’m curious as to the discrepancy between maneuvering speeds Va between operation in the Normal Category and the ...
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Which aerobatic maneuvers are most likely to make people airsick?

I'm interested in classifying aerobatic maneuvers by their propensity to cause airsickness. While there will be some variation across a population, I think we can use first principle arguments to show ...
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How do you request a 3D block of airspace to to freely maneuver your privately owned military jet?

Referring to this How can you fly your own military jet in terms of altitude and acrobatics? how can you request a block of airspace to freely maneuver your private military jet (barrel rolls, ...
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What differentiates the entry procedures for spins and snap rolls?

Both a spin and a snap roll are aerobatic manoeuvres involving stalling one of an airplane's wings earlier and more deeply than the other. Both are entered by pitching up sharply to stall the ...
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Fly a fixed wing single propeller airplane like a helicopter?

Has anyone tried to "helicopter" an airplane? And succeeded? And posted this video on the internet where I can find it? What I'm talking about with what I would call a "helicopter&...
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Whenever I hear a plane throttling down quickly, what is happening visually?

I am completely blind and have heard this several times when I was at air shows. Then my friend sent me this recording of a crop duster spraying the fields, and I heard the same type of sound. It ...
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Do aerobatics pilots do more to account for turbulence in their flying than passenger plane pilots?

Non-aviator here. I was trying to make a comparison when talking to a friend earlier about how when you're trying to do something complicated and delicate, you have to do more to account for ...
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If pilot use rudder to roll the aircraft at high AOA in the F4 Phantom then one aileron from one wing and one spoiler from other will be deflected?

I have heard that the F4 Phantom pilots can make barrel rolls at lower speed /higher AOA. They use only rudder deflection and keep the stick column centered (left /right wise)-only pull onto the belly ...
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How safe are extreme aerobatic flights?

Statistically, how safe are extreme aerobatics flights like this one?
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Are there any true aerobatic helicopters that aren’t built around the Bo-105?

I know that some aerobatic maneuvers have been performed (legally or otherwise) in many different models of helicopters. However, to my knowledge, I have only heard of Bo-105s being specifically ...
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How long can an aerobatic (or any) plane fly "on its side"? [duplicate]

This recent question Can a plane bank without turning? asked if a plane can sustain some amount of roll in straight flight, sure they can. Consider an aerobatic plane (perhaps a Pitts?). As far as I'm ...
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What are flight envelope limits of the Stearman Model 75?

Recent monopropeller aerobatic aircraft such as the Zivko Edge 540 have impressive flight envelops limits (up to ±12G, $V_{NE}$ (230 kn) up to 4 times its stall speed ($V_s = 51kn$), low stall speed, ....
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Why does wingwalking use only biplanes?

Wingwalking is an aerobatic discipline with shows such as this one. The definition of wingwalking from Wikipedia gives no other alternative than using biplanes: Wing walking is the act of moving ...
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Forces "felt" by pilot, G-meter, inclinometer--are they the aerodynamic forces generated by the aircraft, or the sum of weight+centrifugal force?

Consider a pilot sitting at the CG of an aircraft, with instruments also located at the CG of the aircraft. (Feel free to consider other cases as a bonus, but the core of the question is aimed at ...
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How do the fighter jets in air shows color their smoke trails?

At some large military parades or airshows, there will be tiers of fighters arranged neatly. In order to increase the visual effect, white or colored smoke will be sprayed from the tail of the ...
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Where can a 300lb person get a spin endorsement in Miami? [duplicate]

I'm in Miami Working on my CFI, I'm at the level of trying to get my spin endorsement. The problem is I'm 6'2" and 300lb, so I need your help.
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Why do non-aerobatic aircraft have a negative G limit?

Why do airplane wings have limit load of both positive and negative g's (e.g., the Weedhopper ultralight has a load factor of +5 and -2gs). Why not just have a positive limit load since most airplanes ...
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In the US, are inside loops permitted while flying a US- registered DG-1000S sailplane in the "utility" category?

Are inside loops are permitted while flying a US-registered DG-1000S sailplane in the US in the utility category? FAR 91.1 seems highly relevant: §91.9 Civil aircraft flight manual, marking, ...
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Are loops or rolls allowed in the "utility" category in any US-certified airplane or glider?

In actual practice, is there any US-certified airplane or glider where the approved flight manual, or cockpit placards, indicate that loops, rolls, or any other similarly aerobatic maneuvers other ...
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In the US, would it ever be legal to fly a loop in any airplane or glider that was operating in the "utility" rather than "acrobatic" category?

1) In the US, would it ever be legal to fly a loop in any US-registered airplane or glider that was operating in the "utility" category rather than the "acrobatic" category? (Assuming that no special ...
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Is it legal to do a barrel roll? [duplicate]

Is it legal to barrel roll a plane? Are you allowed with any pilot license? Are there any requirements for the plane to be allowed to barrel roll?
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What are the effects of adding power to a 45 degree banked aircraft?

In a recent question it was proposed that adding excess power to an aircraft in a level 45 degree banked turn would cause it to pitch up into a rolling climb. This case was compared with level flight ...
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Are there any known instances of airline pilots passing off aerobatics as “turbulence”?

Inspired by this Far Side cartoon, which shows the pilots of (presumably) a passenger airliner rolling the plane steeply from side to side, and claiming (to the passengers) that they’re just passing ...
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Where is the inclinometer "ball" in a knife edged turn?

Discussion of steep turns has lead to a question about where the inclinometer ball would be if the plane rolled to 90 degrees. Also, would there be any difference if the plane simply rolled to 90 ...
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What G forces does a pilot perceive in a "1 G" barrel roll? [duplicate]

This is a follow on to an earlier discussion about pilot perception of G forces compared with actual aerodynamic loads on an airframe. Years ago, the Boeing 707 prototype famously did not one, but ...
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What is the cheapest plane one can buy to fly above Mach 1 and be able to pull 8g plus?

Which plane would you suggest for someone who would like to be able to fly fast enough to break the sound barrier, yet also be able to pull lots of Gs? What would be the price of such a plane, and ...
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What has happened to make me experience negative G with the control stick FULL AFT near the top of a loop?

I experienced negative G with the control stick FULL AFT near the top of a loop. My questions: Aerodynamically, what happened? Was the wing meeting the air at a negative-lift angle-of-attack (...
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How was this flight authorized?

In this clip, we see a fighter performing risky manoeuvres at very low altitude around a densely populated civilian area. What authorization would have been required for this and why would it be ...
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Are there any aids (like a padded "belt") that can ease hip discomfort during aerobatics?

When flying aerobatics, particularly maneuvers such as a slow roll, I frequently experience rather high discomfort on my jutting hip bones. I've googled "padded belts" but I have not found anything ...
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Can a zero hour pilot actually launch a Bombardier Q400 with only simulator experience? [duplicate]

The thief of the Bombardier Q400 at SEATAC stated that he had a lot of simulator flying (I'm guessing like Flight Simulator for the PC?) Some "experts" stated that he must have had more than that to ...
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Fighter YO-YO counter measure?

In a dogfight ("A" Scenario), aircraft "A" is being shot at by aircraft "B". In order to lead aircraft "A", "B" must turn inside "A" and will soon overshoot if "B" does not perform a defensive ...
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How do aerobatic aircraft land?

The aerobatic aircraft I've seen don't have any flaps or air-brakes, besides they're taildraggers so I guess they usually have to do stall landing or three point landing but I don't understand how the ...
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Why do aerobatic aircraft have separate tanks instead of a single acrotank?

I've been reading about fuel tanks in aerobatic planes such as the Extra 330, Edge 540, XA41 and I don't really understand why in the Extra 330 there are separated center tanks and an acrotank instead ...
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