Aileron Roll


  • An aileron is a constant 360° roll about the aircraft's longitudinal axis
  • Develop skills to maintain lineup with a reference heading and to retain spatial orientation while flying through the inverted position

All procedures here are GENERALIZED for learning.
Fly the maneuver in accordance with the Pilot Operating Handbook (POH)
and/or current Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

Stall/Aerobatic Checklist:

  • Cockpit: Clear of lose objects
  • Seat Belts: Locked and tight
  • Autoignition/Fuel Pump: On
  • Engine Instruments: Checked
  • Report: Stall/aerobatic checklist complete

Additional Considerations:

  • Ensure pockets are zipped and the map-case is secured to prevent loose items from going airborne


  1. Give an instrument, gas, and position report (IGP)
  2. CONFIGURATION: transition to aerobatic cruise
  3. Complete the stall/aerobatic checklist
  4. CODES: 4700
  5. Perform a clearing turn
    • Roll out on a section line
    • Anticipate the section line to roll out on it vs. searching after your clearing turn
  6. Stacks: raise the nose to place the exhaust stacks on the horizon while keeping the wings level
  7. Relax: stop nose movement by relaxing back stick pressure
  8. Rudder: direction of roll
  9. Roll: lateral stick deflection in the direction of roll
    • Slight forward stick will be required to keep the nose at the same level
    • Rudder application will be light or it will kick the tail out
    • Roll right to avoid fighting torque effect
    • 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 result
    • 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

Common Errors:

  • Unintentionally introducing a little forward or aft stick, which results in a (sometimes uncomfortable) mini-barrel roll
  • Rolling through more than 360°
    • Anticipate roll out by up to 60° early to mitigate this


  • Consider practicing maneuvers on a flight simulator to introduce yourself to maneuvers or knock off rust