September 2015 Issue

Maneuvering Stalls

Many loss-of-control accidents involve a high-g stall. Prevent them by keeping up your speed and not pulling too much g.

One of the first things primary students learn in their training is the relationship of airspeed to stalls. Unfortunately, the Primacy Law can take over, leaving some pilots with the unshakable belief stalls only can happen at stalling speed, either clean (VS/VS1) or in the landing configuration (VS0). That’s basically true in 1g flight but not if any additional loading is placed on the wings, as often is the case when we’re maneuvering. In that situation, stall speed increases, sometimes dramatically.

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