Advanced Aerobatics flight training manual

Accelerated advanced aerobatic flight training

Advanced Aerobatics is an excellent reference for those seeking to quickly develop their skills flying the most rewarding maneuvers in the sport.

Presented in the concise building-block format of our previous books, Advanced Aerobatics uses detailed illustrations and matching stick positions to guide flyers proficient at basic aerobatics through the techniques required to fly the advanced maneuvers — otherwise known as, the really fun stuff!

Utilizing the DAS System, special techniques designed to enhance practice effectiveness focus the pilot's attention on controlling what the airplane does instead of reacting to it (essential for success at the advanced level).

Maneuvers taught include:

  • Inverted and knife-edge flight
  • Slow rolls and hesitation rolls
  • Inside and outside Snap Rolls
  • Upright and inverted Spins
  • Flat and crossover spins
  • Hammerheads
  • Vertical rolls and snap rolls
  • Humpty bumps and bridges
  • P loops
  • Rolling turns and circles
  • 3D Lomcevak
  • and more.

After learning the advanced maneuvers, the ways that they can be combined and rearranged are practically infinite. So, if you are the type of flyer who is not content to remain at one skill level very long, Advanced Aerobatics will keep your flying rewarding for many years to come!

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Table of Contents


Knife-edge and Slow Rolls

  • Knife-edge Warmup
  • Sustained Knife-edge
  • Gyroscopic Procession
  • 4-point Roll
  • Blending 4-point Roll
  • Slow Roll
  • Half Roll from Inverted

Inside Snap Rolls and Spins

  • Inside Snap Roll
  • Single Snap Avalanche
  • Double Snap Avalanche
  • Accelerating Snap Rolls
  • Opposite Rudder Correction
  • Upright Spin
  • 2-turn Spin Timing
  • Upright Flat Spin

Outside Snap Rolls and Spins

  • Outside Snap Roll
  • Outside Avalanche
  • 1½ Snap Avalanche
  • Inverted Spin
  • Inverted Flat Spin
  • Cross-over Spins

Hammerhead and Vertical Rolls

  • Hammerhead Priorities
  • Trimming the Rudder
  • Vertical Upline
  • Hammerhead Pivot
  • Vertical Downline
  • Hammerhead Summary
  • Vertical Roll
  • Vertical Snap Roll
  • Vertical Upline After Snap
  • Roll on Downline
  • Snap Roll on Downline
  • Hammerhead into Upright Spin
  • Hammerhead into Inverted Spin

Humpty Bump and Bridge

  • Basic Humpty Bumps
  • P-factor Influence
  • Balanced Humpty Turnaround
  • Humpty Bump Wind Corrector
  • Humpty Wind Corrector Summary
  • Cross-box Bridge Inverted
  • Cross-box Bridge Upright

Cross-box Combinations

  • Performance Zone
  • Humpty to Hammerhead
  • Hammerhead to Humpty
  • Pull Humpty to Push Humpty
  • Half Square Loop
  • Upright Spin to Hammerhead
  • Bridge to Upright Spin
  • P Loop Turnarounds
  • P Loop to Humpty Bump

Rolling Turns

  • Rolling Turns Introduction
  • Outside Rolling 90 Turn Prep
  • Rolling 90 Turn Elements
  • Managing Degree of Turn
  • Level Rolling Turns
  • Rolling Circle
  • Rudder in Rolling Turns


Aerobatic Sequence Design

  • Sequence Practice
  • Trading Airspeed and Altitude
  • Matching Speed Requirements
  • General Sequence Design
  • Considering Wind
  • Self Talk
  • Sequence Flimsy Notes

Training Sequences:

  • Training Sequence 82
  • Progressive Sequence 83
  • Training Sequence 84 
  • Progressive Sequence 85
  • Training Sequence 86
  • Progressive Sequence 87
  • Training Sequence 88 
  • Progressive Sequence 89
  • Training Sequence 90
  • Progressive Sequence 91
  • Sequence Texts
  • Conclusion
  • Flimsy Blank

Each includes a slow roll, 4-point roll, single and double avalanche, hammerhead, humpty bump, P loop, some with upright spins. 

Progressive sequences add outside loops, outside snaps, vertical rolls and snap rolls, various roll combinations, rolling turns, some with inverted spins.


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- Eric Henderson. Aerobatics Column, Model Aviation

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"I have already read about half of the book already and I must say that I can't wait for good weather so I can start working on the techniques in the book. I think that it's going to really help my flying. Thank you again."

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Multiple IMAC & XFC National Champion

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- Stephen Colclough. Queensland, Australia

"Dave believes there are two basic types of flyers. Most club flyers are "Reactors" who watch what the airplane is doing and react to deviations. By definition, they are slightly behind the airplane. For a "Reactor", improvement takes lots of practice and fuel for incremental improvements. I had been flying like this. On the other hand, "Controllers" anticipate the appropriate corrections to prevent the deviation before it occurs. They are thinking ahead of the airplane. An important part of being a "Controller" is identifying which corrections need to be made ahead of time. This is the heart of the DAS (David A. Scott) system in his manuals, and used at the flight school."

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"I think you have excellent manuals.  I read through a couple of the online versions, and I found them to be extremely well written and informative.  I've learned several new ways to look at some aerobatic maneuvers the next time I go to the field.  That's the mark of an excellent article, in my opinion."

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