Experience the thrill of flying in our vintage or modern aircraft

Experience the thrill of flying aerobatics in our vintage aeroplanes and see the world from a different perspective! This amazing experience can be included as part of a trial lesson and flights are suitable for pilots and non-flyers alike.
de Havilland Chipmunk

AOPA Basic Aerobatic Certificate Course
If you are one of those pilots searching for the ultimate challenge, an aerobatics course with the Real Flying Company could be just what you are looking for. Here at RFC we are able to offer basic aerobatic training on our two superb de Havilland Chipmunk vintage aircraft. Both excellent aerobatic training aeroplanes. The course will teach the student all the theoretical knowledge and the flying techniques required to safely fly basic aerobatic manoeuvres to a standard sufficient to enable them to pass, with confidence, an aerobatic flight test. Upon successful completion of the test, AOPA will issue the candidate a recognized aerobatic certificate.

There are no minimum pre-entry hour or time requirements to begin the course, this can be done any time after qualifying for a PPL. However for those pilots who have no tailwheel or aircraft type experience relevant to the aircraft in use for the course, suitable training will be required.

The aerobatic training course consists of:

  • A minimum of 5 hours dual aerobatic flying with an instructor (The syllabus covers training in items such as basic aerobatic manoeuvres, stall/spin, unusual attitude recovery and aerobatic sequences)
  • A minimum of 8 hours theoretical knowledge training (Some of this ground school may be carried out through self-study by the student)
  • An air test with an AOPA registered instructor (This flight is additional to the minimum 5 hours required for the course).

Some candidates with evidence of previous aerobatic training, provided by a qualified aerobatic instructor, may qualify for a reduction in the flying hour requirement for the course.

de Havilland Chipmunk

Hangar 4, Shoreham Airport, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5FF.

Tel: 01273 440288
Fax: 01273 464259