General. Plan your clearing turn so as to roll out on a good section line or with the nose
aimed at a prominent reference point. When performing the maneuver make your control inputs
smooth, brisk and positive.
CONFIGURATION: Transition to aerobatic cruise. CHECKLIST: Complete the
Aerobatic Checklist. CLEARING TURN: Commence a clearing turn and roll out
with the required ground references.
Commence the maneuver by smoothly raising the nose to place the exhaust stacks on
the horizon while keeping the wings level. Stop nose movement by relaxing
Roll briskly in either direction by applying lateral stick deflection and rudder in the
same direction. The amount of stick deflection will determine your rate of roll. If the
rate of roll is too slow, the nose will fall below the horizon and a rolling pullout will
As you approach the wings level attitude, ease out aileron and rudder pressure to
recover with the wings level and the nose attitude reset for level flight.
Failure to relax the back stick pressure prior to rolling. Backstick pressure is required
only to set the initial nose high attitude. Failure to relax the backstick pressure will
cause the nose to follow an arcing path rather than having the aircraft roll about its
longitudinal axis. It will also cause the nose to drop rapidly while passing the
Delaying initiation of the roll once the nose high attitude is set. This causes excessive
airspeed decay, which results in a sluggish roll performance.
Failure to input sufficient rudder in the direction of roll. The high roll rates required
for the Aileron Roll generate considerable adverse yaw. This must be compensated
for with sufficient rudder in order to maintain balanced flight.
11-12 AEROBATIC MANUEVERS