July 2007 Issue

Unusual Recoveries, II

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

We compared the Neutral Recovery Controls and the Hands-Off methods of spin recovery to the tried-and-true NASA Standard recommendations in Part I of this series (June 2007). We’ll now look at recovery strategies for airplane upsets specifically involving excessive angles of bank. Since leading supporters of Neutral Recovery Controls steadfastly maintain the method works in any attitude and in any airplane, we’ll compare this strategy as well as the instinctive Split-S reaction (i.e., "Just pull, baby!") to a more traditional roll recovery as embodied in the Power-Push-Roll procedure.

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