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'''Aerobatics''' is the practice of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flight flying] maneuvers involving aircraft attitudes that are not used in normal flight.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-1">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerobatics#cite_note-1 [1]]</sup><sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-2">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerobatics#cite_note-2 [2]]</sup> Aerobatics are performed in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airplane airplanes] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glider_%28sailplane%29 gliders] for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Training training], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recreation recreation], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entertainment entertainment] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sport sport]. Some [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helicopter helicopters], such as the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MBB_Bo_105 MBB Bo 105], are capable of limited aerobatic maneuvers,<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-RB_3-0">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerobatics#cite_note-RB-3 [3]]</sup> and [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Chuck_Aaron&action=edit&redlink=1 Chuck Aaron] is the only US pilot certified to do helicopter aerobatics.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-4">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerobatics#cite_note-4 [4]]</sup> The term is sometimes referred to as ''acrobatics'', especially when translated.<sup class="Template-Fact" style="white-space:nowrap;">[''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Citation_needed citation needed]'']</sup>
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Most aerobatic maneuvers involve rotation of the aircraft about its longitudinal (roll) axis or lateral (pitch) axis. Other maneuvers, such as a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spin_%28flight%29 spin], displace the aircraft about its vertical (yaw) axis.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-Williams_5-0">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerobatics#cite_note-Williams-5 [5]]</sup> Maneuvers are often combined to form a complete aerobatic sequence for entertainment or competition.
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Aerobatic flying requires a broader set of piloting skills and exposes the aircraft to greater structural stress than for normal flight.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-SR_6-0">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerobatics#cite_note-SR-6 [6]]</sup> In some countries, the pilot must wear a parachute when performing aerobatics.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-7">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerobatics#cite_note-7 [7]]</sup>
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While many pilots fly aerobatics for recreation, some choose to fly in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Competition_aerobatics aerobatic competitions], a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Referee judged] sport.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-IACRules_8-0">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerobatics#cite_note-IACRules-8 [8]]</sup>

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Aerobatics is the practice of flying maneuvers involving aircraft attitudes that are not used in normal flight.[1][2] Aerobatics are performed in airplanes and gliders for training, recreation, entertainment and sport. Some helicopters, such as the MBB Bo 105, are capable of limited aerobatic maneuvers,[3] and Chuck Aaron is the only US pilot certified to do helicopter aerobatics.[4] The term is sometimes referred to as acrobatics, especially when translated.[citation needed]

Most aerobatic maneuvers involve rotation of the aircraft about its longitudinal (roll) axis or lateral (pitch) axis. Other maneuvers, such as a spin, displace the aircraft about its vertical (yaw) axis.[5] Maneuvers are often combined to form a complete aerobatic sequence for entertainment or competition.

Aerobatic flying requires a broader set of piloting skills and exposes the aircraft to greater structural stress than for normal flight.[6] In some countries, the pilot must wear a parachute when performing aerobatics.[7]

While many pilots fly aerobatics for recreation, some choose to fly in aerobatic competitions, a judged sport.[8]

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