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What is a Full Aerobatic Loop? Everything You should Know!

What is a full aerobatic loop? First of all, it must be circular. It cannot be an egg shape or a cursive ‘l’.

However, a pilot can perform a loop that meets all these requirements.

By using the formulas in Chapter 8 of the Airmanship Manual, a pilot can calculate the attributes of a loop. This way, he or she does not have to assume the effects of friction or an elliptical path.

The aerobatic ball should remain perfectly centered in the loop.

However, if the ball is moving or has a varying radius, the judge will not be able to determine whether the figure is full or incomplete.

During a loop, a pilot will use his left rudder to counter the gyro and balance the power of the aircraft. This rudder action is necessary because a fast aerobatic aircraft will need to counteract the gyro, which causes the plane to yaw.

To perform a full aerobatic loop, a pilot must fly the maneuver at the same altitude both before and after.

Once the airplane reaches the top of the loop, it must then adjust the roll rate to maintain its upright position.

This process is often performed with a fast roll or a slow roll. If the aircraft is in a higher position than the pilot is in, the roll can be delayed until the apex.