AEROBATIC FLYING consists of performing atypical maneuvers using attitudes and speed changes that are different from those of a normal flight.

In addition to improving handling precision, aerobatic flying allows pilots to gain confidence and master the techniques used to avoid and recover from unusual attitudes. Aerobatics will likely be one of the most stimulating and rewarding experiences of your pilot training.

In Canada, there is no defined aerobatics rating. In other words, a person holding a valid Private Pilot’s licence flying solo in an aerobatic certified aircraft may practice aerobatic maneuvers so long as they respect all flight rules in regards to visibility and altitude requirements.

However, it is very strongly recommended to take lessons and advice from a qualified person or instructor with prior experience on the type of aircraft and with the type of maneuvers to be performed.

Lachute Aviation has two types of certified aerobatic planes

Both planes allow for aerobatic flight training. While the Pitts is only available for dual training with an instructor on board, the Aerobat may be rented for solo practice. Before solo training can be authorized, certain skills must be verified by an instructor.

Once the pilot in command has completed 10 hours of aerobatic training with an instructor OR 20 hours of solo aerobatic training and has completed at least 1 hour of aerobatic flying in the last 6 months, passengers can be brought along for a flight (CAR 602.28).

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Lachute Aviation offers training for Class 1 or Class 2 aerobatic flight instructors. The prerequisites to become an aerobatic instructor are a valid Commercial Pilot’s licence (CPL) or an Airline Pilot’s Licence (ATPL). Ground and in-flight training will be given to the student to learn how to teach aerobatics. At the end of the training, students must successfully pass a flight test (a written test is also required to obtain the Class 1) to obtain the aerobatic instructor rating.

The privileges of an Aerobatic flight Instructor are as follows (Extract from CAR 401.92 et 401.93):



The holder of a Class 2 aerobatic flight instructor rating may:

  • Conduct flight instruction in the performance of aerobatic maneuvers; and
  • Certify a licensed pilot’s personal log with respect to competency to perform aerobatic manoeuvres.


The holder of a Class 1 aerobatic flight instructor rating may:

  • Exercise the privileges of a Class 2 flight instructor rating – aeroplane – aerobatic;
  • Provide ground school and flight instruction in respect of the endorsement of a licence with a flight instructor rating – aeroplane – aerobatic;
  • Recommend a trainee for a flight test in respect of the endorsement of the trainee’s licence with a flight instructor rating – aeroplane – aerobatic