September 2009 Issue

Beyond The Burble

We’re going to do what?" Okay; I don’t usually get quite that reaction when I discuss full aerodynamic stalls during a preflight brief with my students receiving checkouts, or flight reviews in high-performance aircraft. But you can see it in their eyes. Many pilots haven’t practiced full stalls since their private pilot checkride, and a large number of my students in 300-horsepower retractable singles—and especially light twins—have never stalled the airplane they currently fly. No wonder there’s trepidation about a maneuver some have not flown in many years. No wonder stalls continue to take lift, and life, away. To reduce the chance a stall might go unrecognized or uncorrected, let’s go back to what we learned in our early training, and build upon that knowledge to deal comfortably with what occurs beyond the first stall burble.

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