April 2007 Issue

Fly The Wing

Many maneuvering accidents involve a stall close to the ground after pulling too many Gs. What happens, and how to recognize and prevent it.

I continue to be surprised about pilots having accidents while doing maneuvers close to the ground. This list includes airmen from a wide variety of backgrounds, including airshow performers, flight instructors, military pilots and general aviation pilots. It seems to me that some of us have forgotten or misplaced the early-learned information concerning the relationship between Gs and wing stall speed.

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