What sets the Australian Aerobatic Academy apart from the others? Read on and find out!


We train high-performance pilots!

Here’s a great clip of one of our graduates, having learned the skill and precision of aerobatic flight:

“Aerobatics” versus “Upset Recovery Training”

AAA student & instructor

Aerobatics is the art of precisely controlling an aircraft in three-dimensional flight. Sometimes referred to as “acrobatics”, it is precision “sky dancing” – rather like gymnastics or figure skating. Aerobatic manoeuvres are carefully planned and executed, follow a specific profile and require skill and discipline to achieve correctly. Aerobatics provides even the straight-and-level pilot a degree of precision and control afforded only to those who can perform aerobatic flight… and it’s great FUN!

Upset Prevention & Recovery Training (UPRT) is a flight discipline which often uses aerobatic manoeuvres to demonstrate the recognition, prevention and safe recovery from unexpected loss-of-control in flight (LOC-i) situations. “Aerobatics” and “UPRT” are intertwined disciplines, and both increase traditional “stick and rudder” or manual handling skills by providing a greater awareness of aircraft capability and confidence in the ability to recognise and react appropriately to unexpected adverse aircraft control events.

All Australian Aerobatic Academy initial courses (RPL and BAC) include BOTH Aerobatics and Upset Prevention and Recovery Training as an integral part of the course in order to make you the safest, most proficient pilot you can be!


Competition Aerobatics

AAC logoEver wondered where Red Bull Air Race pilots like Matt Hall started? Most began in competition aerobatics! The skills involved in perfecting 3D flight at low altitude start with basic competition routines at higher levels. The Australian Aerobatic Academy maintains a close relationship with the Australian Aerobatic Club (AAC), and encourages AAA graduates to enter competitions to maintain and refine their skills. AAA provides coaching and critiquing by current competitors in the advanced grade, who have been consistently involved in aerobatic competition flying and coaching for over 15 years.

No other aerobatic school in the Sydney area can provide you with this level of competition experience! Our RESULTS speak for themselves!

AAA judges on the line

Pilots wishing to compete at State and National level must be members of the AAC and hold the required aerobatic and spinning endorsements and have completed the Academy’s Entry Category Aerobatic Course. The Academy holds regular local competitions where you can compete even as a student pilot.

You don’t even have to be able to fly aerobatics to join in the fun! The Academy runs regular judges courses to teach people the art and skill of aerobatic critique. AAA also holds regular training and critique days for competition pilots and judges to help increase their skills.


FREE in-flight video recording and debriefing facilities!

AAA incorporates as a standard measure on all local instructional flights in-flight video recording & debriefing facilities. Flights are recorded in both picture and sound and pertinent highlights are used in the debriefing to enhance the learning experience.

This FREE addition is all part of our ongoing commitment to provide the highest possible standards of flight training. If students wish to take the video home to use it to further enhance their learning, we will happily transfer the video to a USB stick for a notional fee to go toward the upkeep of our equipment.

It’s the cheapest form of instruction you can get without actually being in the aircraft…and it’s yours to keep!

Academy Training Philosophy and Overview

Why do we teach the way we do? Because it WORKS! The document link below explains our training philosophy and addresses such questions as:

  • Why aerobatics?
  • The importance of high-quality initial training.
  • Using a training aircraft for training!
  • Disturbing trends in recent aircraft accidents.
  • The Academy’s commitment to customer service and flight safety standards.

Australian Aerobatic Academy Training Philosophy

Learning to fly – the basics

For general information on the steps involved in learning to fly, please see the Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia website: www.casa.gov.au