Recovering From Stalls in a Critical Angle of Attack

Today October 1, 2011 was a day that we really didn’t do anything new. We just practiced some of the maneuvers Tim had taught me. Although it was a bright sunny day, it was a little cooler than usual morning, I especially noticed this when I found frost on the plane as I began my Walkaround routine of the plane. Tim initially said we would fly out to Buffalo airport that is unmanned and was a great place to practice Takeoffs and Landings. I was delighted to hear this because I really wanted to master my takeoffs and learn a new part of my course, how to land a plane. Thus far I’ve made approaches to the airport, but in the final moments, say about 1000 ft -1500 ft or so, Tim took the controls and actually landed the plane all the time explaining what and how he was bringing the plane to a gentle landing.

Anyway, so we were airborne after I made the usual takeoff and when were well out of Crystal airport and into the practice area, Tim said, “Do you remember what a stall is and how to bring it about, and how to come out of it?”, “A stall occurs when the Critical Angle of Attack is exceeded, and there’s no more lift in the wings”, I replied. “That’s correct, and how do you bring that about in a Power-on and a Power-off stall?” asked Tim. I hesitated a little as I couldn’t remember everything and we had only practiced a couple of times. So I explained to him briefly that you would reduce the power to about 1500 RPM and then wait till the airspeed is down to about 65 mph, all the time trying to maintain altitude and speed. Then I would bring the flaps up through the 3 stages which increases drag and further slows the plane down and it goes into a stall”. “Yes you almost have it” said Tim and he took the controls to show me exactly how it was done. “You come out of the stall by increasing the RPMs to full power”, said Tim. “And when you’re in a power-on stall then you simply have to lower the nose by pushing the yoke back in and you’re out of the stall, correct?” I asked and Tim said, “That’s right.” So we practiced these a few more times and how to manage the plane in slow flight.

Before we knew it, it was time to return to Crystal airport. We never went to Buffalo as all the time was spent practicing the mentioned maneuvers. So on our way back I asked Tim that I received the Flight magazine from AOPA and also “Sporty’s Pilot Shop” magazine and that they’re always advertising about flight simulators, yokes and pedals etc. “Are these any good and worth buying, or are they just toys?” Tim said no, they’re actually pretty good and can be quite helpful. If this was true then I wanted or should buy the flight simulator. I can only practice in the plane for a few hours over the weekend and the simulator would be very helpful to go through the various maneuvers using my computer and TV. So next week I’ll take the magazines to show Tim and ask his advice as to which simulator he thinks would be a good one to buy.


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