Formation Aerobatics Clarification


In the early 1990s, it was common practice for a four-ship formation aerobatics team to fly at whatever level of SAC card held by the team lead.  For a long time, this seemed to make sense.  Ships 2-4 are flying solely in reference to the lead’s paint.  It was thought that if the lead is capable, then the rest of the formation will not veer off his side.  In essence, the old practice stated that if pilots 2-4 had 800 foot SAC cards but the lead had a surface level card, the entire team could fly at the surface.

The rule in present day is a bit more sensible.  If the pilots in a formation aerobatic team do not have the same level SAC cards, the entire team must fly at the highest level held by any member of the team.

Previous articleWhat You Don’t Know About Special VFR (FAR Part 91.157) Will Hurt You
Next articlePhoto Passes
The International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) is a trade association dedicated to building and sustaining a vibrant air show industry to support its membership. To achieve this goal, ICAS demands its members operate their air show business at only the highest levels of safety, professionalism, and integrity.