A Typicall Stall-Spin-Upset Lesson

Here’s a typical lesson from my stall-spin-upset course in the Extra 300L. The student is a relatively new private pilot with a fresh instrument rating. Most of his time is in C172s.

As I’ve noted before, the course includes basic aerobatics such as aileron rolls, loops, and barrel rolls to help students become comfortable with all-attitude flying, develop their sense of G-limits (typically +3.8 for normal-category airplanes), and learn to expand their visual scan to help them remain aware of the aircraft’s attitude relative to the horizon. The smooth, controlled aerobatic maneuvers prepare them for the sights and sensations associated with sudden departures from controlled flight, including incipient spins (in this video, entered from the classic setup for a stall-spin accident–the skidding turn), intentional spins, and recoveries from accelerated stalls and departures from extreme pitch and over-banked flight attitudes. The buildup to spins, as you see in this video, also helps students overcome the startle factor that causes most pilots to freeze the first few times they are exposed to unusual flight attitudes and negative and positive G outside of their previous experience.