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7. Aerobatic Lesson Plan - Advanced Spins - Inverted, Accelerated, Flat

Pilot:                                        Date:                   

   Schedule:                                               Equipment Required:
Preflight Instruction                                   .30            Aerobatic Airplane
CFI Demo                                                  .30            Aircraft POH
Directed Pilot Application & Practice       .75            Parachutes
Postflight critique                                       .15            Weather Briefing
Total                                                         1.50            Model airplane

Objective: Advanced Spins

Student should exhibit proper knowledge and use of controls in advanced spins; inverted spins, accelerated spins, flat spins.  Student should understand difference in competition spins and inadvertent spins - Can recover from all spins in safe manner and with minimum altitude loss.

  1. Select safe altitude - no less than 7,000 feet AGL
  2. Establish flight regime for spins, slow flight or accelerated stalls
  3. Recognize different spin modes and controls necessary to change spin mode, and recover from spins, including emergency spin recovery - Throttle Closed, Hands Off Stick, Push "Heavy" Rudder Pedal
  4. Use proper pro-spin controls during spins, and proper recovery controls to stop spins
  5. Recover to straight & level flight

  1. Proper Airspeed controlq    Proper throttle position
  2. Minimum safe altitude awareness - >7,000' AGL
  3. Flight control utilization and coordination - during spins
  4. Proper division of attention
  5. Forces acting on aircraft and controls
  6. Proper use of rudder and elevator during recovery
  7. Stall recognition
  8. Spin direction recognition

Common Errors
  1. No spin - spiral dive
  2. Not recognizing spin mode
  3. Failure to recover from spin: Throttle Closed, Hands Off Stick, Push "Heavy" Rudder Pedal
  4. Loss of situational awareness, disorientation
  5. Secondary stall/spin during recovery
Instructor Actions
  1. At 7000' AGL set aircraft speed for spin entry
  2. Demonstrate proper spin entry:  At stall, full back stick, right rudder, neutral aileron
  3. From normal spin, upright or inverted, perform other spin modes and recover
  4. Recovery always starts with "normal" spin pro-spin controls; neutral aileron, full back or forward stick and full rudder in direction of spin, then opposite rudder to slow rotation and forward stick to break stall
  5. Failure to recover: Throttle Closed, Hands Off Stick, Push "Heavy" Rudder Pedal, when spin stops, slowly recover to level flight
  6. Conduct a post flight critique to review procedures, techniques and preview the next lesson

Pilot Actions
  1. Participate in discussion of objective, listen, ask questions
  2. Preview this outline prior to the flight lesson
  3. Practice and experience spins including upright & inverted spins, accelerated spins, and flat spins
  4. Practice inadvertent spin recovery - Throttle Closed, Hands Off Stick, Push "Heavy" Rudder Pedal

Completion Standards
Pilot can explain different spin modes including control inputs and proper recovery stepsq    Pilot can demonstrate spins including spin entries and recovery from spins of different modes and directions.  Pilot can explain & demonstrate inadvertent spin recovery

Additional Spin Training Information
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