Is an intentional stall an aerobatic maneuver?

If you look up the definition of aerobatic flight in the FAR’s you will see that stalls are indeed aerobatic flight.  Because stalls are not a maneuver required for “normal” flight,” it falls under this paragraph.  Using this knowledge, flight instructors can easily teach quantitatively what minimum altitude is allowed absolutely, because the regulations state the minimum altitude for conducting aerobatic flight.  This is not neccessarily considering extra altitude for safety, but merely it gives everyone the regulatory minimum altitude for conducting and teaching stalls.

Any challanges…  What is the minimum altitude?  Is there any other safety criteria in the reg?  Feel free to comment; don’t get this confused with the requirement for parachutes.

Jack

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2 Responses to “Is an intentional stall an aerobatic maneuver?”

  1. Oz Says:

    The minimum altitude would be an altitude where safe execution of the manuever could be conducted while also maintaining the current Federal Aviation Regulations clearance requirements (cloud; buildings; mountainous terrain; etc).

  2. Jack Says:

    So to answer the question “is a stall an aerobatic manuever”… I say yes. The governing regulation is below. A stall is indeed aerobatic flight because it requires abnormal attitudes not required for “NORMAL” flight, so the requirements for conducting the activity is very clear. You have identified some of them, and they include the minimum altitude of 1500′ above the surface. Of course one would add additional altitude commensurate with safety etc.. Maybe the next question should be: are parachutes required? If not, why not?

    91.303 Aerobatic flight.
    No person may operate an aircraft in aerobatic flight—

    (a) Over any congested area of a city, town, or settlement;

    (b) Over an open air assembly of persons;

    (c) Within the lateral boundaries of the surface areas of Class B, Class C, Class D, or Class E airspace designated for an airport;

    (d) Within 4 nautical miles of the center line of any Federal airway;

    (e) Below an altitude of 1,500 feet above the surface; or

    (f) When flight visibility is less than 3 statute miles.

    For the purposes of this section, aerobatic flight means an intentional maneuver involving an abrupt change in an aircraft’s attitude, an abnormal attitude, or abnormal acceleration, not necessary for normal flight.

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