After managing to keep the plane straight and level, you’re probably going to be subjected to stalling procedures.

Stalling is quite a simple practice to show you as a student how a plane can lose thrust or lift by incorrect handling (sending you tumbling to earth pretty damn fast!). When you are initially shown, it’s easy to think that stalling is a hard process to initiate, but when flying slow and low (take off and landings for example) the wrong angle of attack can easily put you in jeopardy. Get this move mastered early on and detect early signs of stalling!

In your test you’ll probably be asked to do 3 stalls

1 – Fully developed stall in the clean configuration. This is to test that you can properly recognize and react to the symptoms of the stall. Sometimes you’ll find a wing starts to drop when you do this, you can counteract with rudder if you can but its not essential as it’s easy enough to roll level once you’ve pitched down and added power

2 – Recovery at the first sign (eg stall warner) on the base to final turn configuration. This is to check that you don’t try and roll the wings level during the stall and that you can properly climb away while putting the flaps away

3 – Recovery at the first sign of a stall on the final approach config (with drag flaps). This is mainly to check that you’re not going to attempt to climb with full flaps deployed.

Here’s a useful guide to why you shouldn’t use excessive ailerons in a stall from a US site BoldMethod.


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