Pilot Topics

Myth #9

Lesson 9

Myth: Since most accidental spins occur too low for recovery, spin training is a useless exercise.

Reality: This myth might be true if pilots were suddenly waking up and finding themselves spinning in an airplane. The typical stall / spin accident is not a sudden, random event devoid of pilot participation. Instead, it is largely a pilot-driven process that culminates in a stall or spin prior to ground impact. Stall / spin accidents evolve as a chain of events with warning signs that, if recognized and corrected, can be broken before reaching the spin. Proficiency in the elements of a comprehensive, scenario-based stall / spin training program should provide pilots with the awareness and skills to prevent an accidental spin departure in the first place.

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