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Spin avoidance and stall recovery training
Stalling and spinning are aerodynamic phenomena which remain common causes of fatalities due to departures from controlled flight in all categories of aeroplanes. Unrecognised stall or poor recovery technique continue to be contributing factors even in transport category accidents.
Stall - spin related accidents continue to account for approximately one-quarter of all fatal general aviation accidents worldwide, including many during dual flight training. Most unintentional spins other than during dual instruction, occur at altitudes too low for recovery, generally on climb after take-off and turns onto final approach.
The purpose of spin avoidance and stall recovery training, whether for ab-initio training or as part of upset prevention and recovery training for experienced pilots, is to deliver the experience, knowledge and skills required to fly at speeds below the speed for minimum drag, and to recognise and recover from approaching stall and full stall, including wing drop at the stall in the context of situations in which it is most likely to occur.
Understanding of aircraft limitations is essential at all times, especially when conducting advanced stall with wing drop training, or further training in recovery from a spin at the incipient or fully developed phases. Spinning must not be actively induced in aircraft not certified for intentional spinning with the intention of teaching recovery from 'incipient spin'.
Resources and guidance
- At a glance: Advisory Circular AC 61-16 v1.0 – spin avoidance and stall recovery training
- Spin avoidance and stall recovery training information sheet
- Frequently asked questions
- Training for stall – avoid the spin poster
- Spin avoidance – training scenarios
- Flying training resources
- Flight crew licensing information sheets
- Seminars and workshops