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I have been watching spin recovery videos on YouTube for the last few days. Scary stuff and I haven't even started flying yet :o haha

Anyway, the recovery seems to be commonly described as PARE:

  • Power idle
  • Ailerons neutral
  • Rudder opposite of spin
  • Elevator forward

Do you physically neutralize the ailerons or does releasing the yoke/stick do that? Is that specific to certain airplanes?

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  • $\begingroup$ I'm not a pilot but it should depend on the airplane that you sit in and how it behaves. $\endgroup$ – user7241 Dec 26 '17 at 19:50
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    $\begingroup$ Throttle to idle, then do nothing! In the US, the FAA requires all certified aircraft to come out of a spin within 1-1/2 turns. It is recommended the throttle be placed in idle and all that is necessary is for you to take your hands off the controls. So, throttle to idle - and do nothing. The aircraft will recover in a nose dive, and you will then be required to pull out of the dive. $\endgroup$ – jwzumwalt Dec 26 '17 at 22:17
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    $\begingroup$ @jwzumwalt - I agree with you, if you have enough altitude to recover, if your CG is not full aft, and if you can pry your hands and feet from the controls while the aircraft is doing something unexpected. A hands off recovery will consume a lot of altitude. $\endgroup$ – Dan Pichelman Dec 26 '17 at 23:00
  • $\begingroup$ Typical altitude loss is 500ft per turn. Typical manual recovery is 1/2 to 1 turn - if you do it right, otherwise wrong inputs aggravate the spin. So, yes you can save at most 200-500ft altitude with proper execution. However, to say, "if your CG is not full aft" is not correct - FAA requires the maximum 1-1/2 turns for the entire legal CG range. If a person flies illegal, they are playing Mr. Test Pilot and all bets are off anyway. $\endgroup$ – jwzumwalt Dec 26 '17 at 23:23
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You're combining two different techniques.

Using PARE, you physically neutralize the ailerons. Look down if necessary to ensure the yoke is level with the dashboard or the stick is centered left/right.

Once the ailerons are neutral, you continue on with rudder opposite the spin (look straight forward, not out to the side!) and elevators.

In some aircraft, it's possible to recover the plane simply by pulling power to idle and removing your hands and feet from the controls.

As always, get competent instruction from someone with experience in your spin-rated aircraft before trying this on your own.

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  • $\begingroup$ Hmm why do these answers differ from the comment of "jwzumwalt" above? $\endgroup$ – Fattie Dec 26 '17 at 22:47
  • $\begingroup$ @Fattie - OP didn't restrict his question to certified aircraft only and asked about how to neutralize the ailerons while using PARE. The PARE technique does not include letting go of the controls. $\endgroup$ – Dan Pichelman Dec 26 '17 at 22:56
  • $\begingroup$ @Dan Pichelman I had thought of a -1 but held back because rightfully this list is international and as you point out was not specific to certified aircraft. I believe this list regularly splits hairs and minces words far to often. But, after consideration of your comment, it has merit. This is a gentle reminder from my own painful experience on this list that it is a good idea to carefully (narrowly) qualify answers with exactly what aircraft or country you use as a base of reference. Note that I used FAA, certified, and US... $\endgroup$ – jwzumwalt Dec 26 '17 at 23:33
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You do not want to put aileron inputs during a stalled condition, as this can induce and/or further aggravate a spin. So a neutral control position should be assumed with the stick prior neutralizing the spin with opposite rudder input.

Spin recovery techniques vary a little between manufacturers and specific aircraft but the PARE method (Beggs/Muller technique) is one of the most common recovery methods out there. Alsways use the approved spin recovery technique listed in your airplane’s AFM.

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