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Questions tagged [spins]

Questions related to aerodynamic spins (intentional or otherwise), including spin entry and recovery techniques.

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Why aren't airliners spin-tested?

According to Wikipedia, only single-engine aircraft with an MTOW no greater than 12500 pounds are required to demonstrate the ability to recover from a spin, and not large or multi-engine aircraft. ...
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Are there any truly 'unrecoverable' situations? [duplicate]

I'm starting my quest to obtain a PPL this weekend. So I guess this question is contextualised around light aircraft like the Piper Tomahawk / Cessna, although it certainly would be interesting to get ...
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How to best recover from an excessive descent?

Suppose I found myself in a rapid, steep descent, perhaps right after breaking a spin. E.g. a 60 degree nose down with 100kt and accelerating rapidly, on a Cessna 172. What might be an ideal ...
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During spin recovery, can you just release the yoke/stick to neutralize the ailerons?

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: ...
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What is the procedure to enter, maintain and recover from a flat spin?

Looking for a play-by-play from the pilot's seat of a Pitts biplane. What thoughts, considerations and control inputs are required to enter & maintain a flat "pretty" spin and a calculated exit ...
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Why does the P-51 Mustang takes so much altitude to recover from a spin?

From this answer, it appears that the P-51 Mustang takes a lot of altitude to recover from a spin. The average is a 3000 feet to 6000 feet loss, with a loss of up to 7500 feet in one instance. The ...
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Does it really take 9000 feet to recover from a spin in a P-51 Mustang?

I was a bit surprised to hear from this P-51 pilot (9:33 into the video) that the Mustang requires 9000 feet to recover from a spin. This seems high to me. The Mustang POH does not confirm this, but ...
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Is it dangerous to do a skidding turn to lose altitude without increasing airspeed?

I was taking some lessons in a light sport aircraft in South Africa a few years back, my instructor taught me something which I had never seen or heard of before or since. We went through an emergency ...
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Is it possible to get into a spin situation while coordinated?

Is there any possibility of spinning while coordinated? Of course, any CFI would tell you no, but I wonder if the the following situation could result in a spin while coordinated: Slow level flight ...
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What is a good spin aircraft for someone that is heavy?

I've been trying to get a spin endorsement for my CFI, but I've been having a problem trying to find an airplane that I can do it in. I'm 280 built like a linebacker. I'm not that "fat" just heavy....
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Is there anything extra required to spin a Cessna 172 in the Utility category?

I'm trying to find a suitable aircraft to get my spin endorsement for my CFI rating but am running into trouble with most aerobatic aircraft due to my height (too tall). My last thought is that I ...
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How can a flying wing style airplane recover from a spin without a vertical stabilizer? [duplicate]

I fly a Cessna C-172, and if I have any bank when stalling, I have to use rudder to level the airplane. If I use aileron, the bank angle will increase and bring the airplane into a spin. My question ...
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How does a nose down stall occur?

Imagine I am in a straight down dive, at terrific speed, and if I wanted upward sharp turn and got the stick back far enough, would I stall (or spin)? Does normal laws apply when the aircraft nose is ...
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Is it possible to perform a spin recovery in IMC?

In other words, after some training, is it possible to recovery a spin solely by relying on instruments? If using a vacuum-pump traditional attitude indicator, I assume the answer is no, since there ...
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Can a helicopter really fly with rotors going this slow?

I was watching this youtube video and I noticed that at 3:17 seconds they show a coast guard helicopter rescuing a man from a ship. Whats shocking about this is that the main rotor of the helicopter ...
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How to enter an inverted spin?

Spins cannot occur without stalls. To enter a spin, a pilot would hold the elevator up and let speed bleeds off. This is how you'd approach a stall. Just as the stall starts to develop, apply full ...
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How do the Tiger Moth's anti-spin strakes work?

As originally designed, the DH.82 Tiger Moth had unpredictable spin characteristics. Many aircraft were lost because spin recovery took too long (i.e. too much loss of height). Many examples of the ...
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Flare: low, slow, and uncoordinated? [duplicate]

I'd like to rephrase the question: Often I forward-slip on final right right rudder. During this time, I use the ailerons to keep the aircraft headed down the center-line; the aircraft's bank varies ...
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How to Recover from a Spin in Cessna 172?

How to recover from a spin in a Cessna 172 ? What are the different maneuvers that a pilot would have to use to to do so?
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If a commercial airliner enters into a spin at high altitude, is it possible to recover?

Often flying I have this fear, that something will snap, and the plane will start plunging to the ground in a spin. My question is, once a passenger aircraft (e.g. an A320) goes into a spin, can the ...
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What is the Beggs/Mueller emergency spin recovery technique?

I've always used PARE for spin recovery: Power to idle Ailerons neutral Rudder opposite the spin until rotation stops Elevator forward to break the stall What is Beggs/Mueller emergency ...
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Is it possible to build a paper airplane that will enter a fully developed spin?

Some students learn best when they can see aerodynamic principles in action. I'd really like to be able to show a student how a spin occurs. Is there a way to make a paper airplane that will enter a ...
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Why is the altimeter unwinding unevenely during a spin?

Spencer Suderman recently did a world record 81-turn inverted flat spin, and dropped over 21 thousand feet while doing so. The entire thing is documented on youtube. The spin starts at 3 minutes into ...
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Is it possible to recover from a flat spin?

In Top Gun, Maverick's F-14 enters a flat spin after flying through another F-14's jetwash, forcing him to eject and causing the death of Goose. Is this scenario possible or was it only created for ...
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How long is spin training good for in the USA?

Written tests are only good for 24 calendar months before they must be applied to a certificate (or lost). Spin training is a requirement of the flight instructor certificate. Does the required spin ...
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What happens in a stall during a slip?

In flight training we're warned against skidding turns since they have a higher potential for a stall/spin (the classic example being the stall/spin on the base to final turn). However, how does the ...
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Is spin recovery possible in an airliner?

During initial flight training a lot of emphasis is placed on stalls and spins and how to recover from them, but is it possible to recover from a fully developed spin in an airliner? Do these large ...
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What are the restrictions on performing intentional spins?

I know there is controversy over the safety and utility of performing spins for training, but what are the regulations limiting them for training (solo and dual) or 'just for fun'?