June 2007 Issue

Unusual Recoveries

From time to time, seemingly new unusual attitude recovery methods are introduced. How do alternative schemes compare to tried-and-true standards?

The mere mention of "unusual attitudes" not only raises eyebrows but—as pilots conjure up out-of-control airplanes plummeting from the sky—can measurably elevate stress levels. The phrase is often a catchall, including encounters with inadvertent stalls and spins, wake turbulence, and uncommanded spirals. Yet a stall by itself, though often a precursor to an unusual attitude event, is not an unusual attitude per se.

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