The chandelle is an aircraft control maneuver where the pilot combines a 180° turn with a climb.

It is now required for attaining a commercial flight certificate in many countries. The FAA in the United States requires such training.

The chandelle (which is the French word for candle) is a precision aircraft control maneuver, and not strictly speaking an aerobatic, dogfighting, or aerial combat maneuver. It is rather a maneuver designed to show the pilot’s proficiency in controlling the aircraft while performing a minimum radius climbing turn at a constant rate of turn through a 180° change of heading, arriving at the new reciprocal heading at an airspeed in the “slow-flight” regime, very near the aerodynamic stall.