When it comes to performing an aerobatic routine, you will need some type of turnaround maneuver to bring the aircraft back to center stage. The three most popular ones are the Stall Turn, the Immelmann and the Split-S. These three turnaround maneuvers can be used to place your plane back in line with its prior altitude or allow the plane to exit at a higher altitude, depending on your needs for the next move in your sequence.
The stall turn, (also referred to as the hammerhead), is one of the more common maneuvers for many types of aircraft. The maneuver consists of a 1/4-loop followed by a vertical up-line, a stop and pivot around its center of gravity, placing the plane in a vertical down line. The maneuver ends at the bottom with another 1/4 loop. It is very common to see stall turns in nearly every aerobatic sequence, from basic to unlimited, so here are the other options you have…
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