THE FAA in their Advisory Circular AC61.67C paragraph 107 describe spins as “A spin in a small airplane or glider is a controlled (recoverable) or uncontrolled (possibly unrecoverable) maneuver in which the airplane or glider descends in a helical path while flying at an AOA greater than the critical AOA. Spins result from aggravated stalls in either a slip or a skid. If a stall does not occur, a spin cannot occur. In a stall, one wing will often drop before the other and the nose will yaw in the direction of the low wing.” Continue reading Spins
The fact that the Center of Gravity (COG) of tricycle gear airplanes is in front of the main gear and the COG of Taildraggers is behind the main gear makes the difference in how each airplane handles while on the ground. Continue reading Taildragger Basics
“Unusual Attitude” has many descriptions as a quick internet search will show. For the purposes of this paper, an Unusual Attitude will be considered to be any aircraft attitude that results in discomfort to the pilot or is on the verge of, or has resulted in the loss of control of the aircraft. The causes of Unusual Attitudes are many including, but not limited to, wake turbulence encounter, clear air turbulence, malfunctioning autopilot, or simple loss of control due to inattention by the pilot.