Student Spin Practice

This video shows a student practicing spins. We begin with a normal spin to the left. Observe how a typical spin develops. Next, we see the effects of pushing the stick forward before the rotation stops, and then we see the effect of adding power during a spin. These exercises show the importance of understanding and following the correct sequence of control inputs to recover from a spin. The video also shows several secondary, accelerated stalls during one spin recovery. For more information about the PARE spin-recovery sequence, visit the website for Rich Stowell’s Aviation Learning Center.

Video: Accelerated Stalls in the horizontal and vertical planes

In this short video, you can watch a student fly a series of accelerated stalls in the Extra 300L during steep turns. If the turn is coordinated, there’s little tendency for a wing to drop; the nose just falls back toward the horizon. As I note in the audio, the key to maintaining control during any type of stall is immediately reducing angle of attack by releasing the back pressure on the stick or yoke.

I also demonstrate a stall from a skidding turn–the classic setup for an incipient spin.

Finally, the student inadvertently enters an accelerated stall during a 1/2 Cuban 8. The stall occurs as we arc over the top, demonstrating that an accelerated stall can occur during a vertical turn, just as in a turn in the horizontal plane.

For more information about stalls, see Chapter 4 in the Airplane Flying Handbook (FAA-H-8083-3A).

Accelerated Stalls

New Edition of FAA Instrument Procedures Handbook

FAA has published a new edition of the Instrument Procedures Handbook (FAA-H-8083-16). It supplants the earlier version (FAA-H-8261-1A), which was published in 2007. The IPH complements the Instrument Flying Handbook (FAA-H-8083-15). It “introduces advanced information for IFR operations…flight instructors, instrument pilots, and instrument students.”

Update: It appears that the new edition released via ForeFlight is still a draft, albeit a near-final one. FAA will probably release the official new edition of the IPH late in 2013.

If you use the documents feature in ForeFlight, you can download the PDF version now.

The new edition was not available for download at the FAA site as of 21 July, but check the Aviation Handbooks & Manuals page frequently to get the free download as soon as it’s posted. Hard copy versions should be available soon from publishers such as ASA.