Exercise 12 - Stalls

A great supplementary resource to this website is the Stall/Spin Awareness Guide. This guide is available here (new window PDF).


In this lesson you will practice entry, recognition and recovery procedures for different types of stalls. You may also practice the take-off and landing with assistance from the instructor. The instructor will normally focus on the recognition and recovery stages of a stall and not aircraft maneuvering while it has departed controlled flight.


Planned Activities

• Exercises 12,16 and 18


Reference Material


• Pilot Operating Handbook



• Review procedures in the applicable sections of the POH and pilot notes.

• Review the takeoff procedures and the checklists associated with the take-off.

• Review the FTM for the different types of stalls that can be encountered in flight.

• Know the various stall speeds in the POH.

• Review how the center of gravity/flap configurations affect your stall speed.

• Be familiar with the circuit joining procedures when coming back from the practice area.

• Review the method used to judge your glide path.

• Be able to answer the following questions:

1) What are the Vs and Vso speeds for the aircraft?

2) Describe the symptoms of an approach to stall and symptoms of stall itself.

3) How should you correct a wing drop during a stall recovery and why?

4) How do flaps affect your stall speed?

5) What is a stabilized approach?

6) How does a bank affect the stall characteristics of the aircraft?

7) How does power affect the stall characteristics of the aircraft? Will it stall sooner?


Tips/Rules of Thumb/Theory

• When entering stall, use visual cues to see if the aircraft is yawing or note: only a quick scan on the altimeter to see if you are maintaining your altitude.

• Remember that the aircraft will yaw to the left when pitching up to maintain altitude during entry for stall.

• Use your peripheral vision to determine aircraft yawing movement. Use rudder to keep straight.

• Do not use ailerons to recover from a wing drop while stalled; It will only aggravate the stall.

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