Warbird Safety Best Practices
EAA Warbirds of America
Aerobatic Competency Evaluator Program
In the late 1980s the International Council of Airshows (ICAS) developed their Aerobatic Competency Evaluator program to provide check rides for members' Statement of Aerobatic Competency. But warbird aircraft do not have the same flight characteristics as a purpose-built aerobatic airplane, so the EAA Warbirds of America, in conjunction with the FAA, developed the Warbird Aerobatic Competency Evaluator program, based on the successful ICAS ACE program.
This program has been important to those EAA Warbirds of America pilot members who need an aerobatic competency card to fly an aerobatic routine in air shows or even to perform basic aerobatic maneuvers during a warbird air show. The uniqueness of the program is that it utilizes our own Aerobatic Competency Evaluators, most of whom are also ICAS ACEs and maneuvers are limited to loops, rolls or any combination of the two at a minimum altitude of 250 feet. Surface level maneuvers require a checkout by an ICAS ACE.
Download the "Statement of Acrobatic Competency" Application form here:
Download the Current Warbirds ACE Manual here:
Accident/Incident Reporting Procedure:
New ACE Manual **NOT EFFECTIVE UNTIL 01/01/2019**