As pilots we all recognize the danger of unintentionally spinning an aircraft and what the results would likely be. But there remains a great deal of misunderstanding about spins and spin recovery. In a recent article at the AOPA Aviation Summit air show performer Mike Goulian joined Judy Phelps (2011 Instructor of the Year) and AOPA Senior Editor Dave Hirschman to dispel "spin myths". Many times the first and last time we have ever been in an aircraft spin was during our flight training days, and it is so easy to forget what we learned about spin recovery hundreds or thousands of hours later. Yet, spins remain one of the causes of aircraft accidents resulting in injury or death to pilots around the world. Here is part of the article:
The veteran performer and flight training professional joined 2011 flight instructor of the year Judy Phelps and AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Dave Hirschman to take aim at conventional wisdom in the seminar "Spin Myths." Pilots should practice stalls and spins, they said, so that they understand what conditions lead to a spin—and know how to avoid them, especially in the most critical stages of flight. Goulian said he cove.rs up the airspeed indicator in part of training to rid students of the belief that a particular number will keep them from stalls: In airshow routines, he stalls his airplane at about 140 knots to enter a snap roll, he said, nearly three times the aircraft’s power-off stall speed. Pilots should get accustomed to the power setting and pitch for climb, level flight, and descent, he said; they’ll spend more time looking out the window, and less worrying about airspeed.
Here is a link to the original article "Think You Know Spins?
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