April 2015 Issue

Avoiding the Cross-Controlled Stall

According to the FAA’s Airplane Flying Handbook, FAA-H-8083-3A, “this type of stall occurs with the controls crossed—aileron pressure applied in one direction and rudder pressure in the opposite direction. In addition, when excessive back-elevator pressure is applied, a cross-control stall may result. This is a stall that is most apt to occur during a poorly planned and executed base-to-final approach turn, and often is the result of overshooting the centerline of the runway during that turn.” The greatest danger from the cross-controlled stall when turning final is not the stall itself but the lack of altitude available within which the pilot may recover.

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