June 2018 Issue

Why Do We Stall?

The record suggests our current approach to stall training isnít preventing them. Shouldnít that be one of its objectives?

Fixed-wing pilots start learning stall recognition and avoidance during pre-solo training. The private and sport pilot checkrides require recovering from developed stalls with minimal loss of altitude, and stall and spin awareness are (or at least should be) refreshed during flight reviews for the duration of oneís flying career. But unintended stalls still put dozens of airplanes into the ground every year. Is it possible that stall training as currently practiced isnít as effective as it might be?

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