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Stalls/Spins

I just saw quite a few videos on YouTube of people in various airplanes doing stall spins. I’ve read most of the FAA’s pilot handbook now and in that book it says basically there is no guarantee you can get out of that kind of spin in a non acrobatic rated airplane. I somehow doubt a Cessna 152 is rated for acrobatics :slight_smile:

Edit: Okay so I am wrong. The operators manual for the 152 says that intentional spins are approved.

I also read somewhere that doing spins and stalls used to be part of pilot training but they ended that practice for insurance reasons.
How many of you have done stalls/spins, what is it like, and what is the danger of ripping your wings off your airplane while doing it? Are they easy to get out of?

I’m not going to lie…It looks like it is so fun to do those spins.

Have you ever youtube’d “cessna spin” ?

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Wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!

I am one that had to do 3 turn spins for my private. A seat pack chute and gas coming outof the wire gas cap in front of the windshield into the cabin. It was well worth it!
Since then I have done spins for the fun of it lots of times.

The 152 is a fun little spinner. Done hundreds of them. Get a good, qualified instructor, climb up as high as it will go, and then do several entry and recoveries until you get down to about 4000’ or so. Then climb back up and do it again. The 172 gets a little sportier. Still ok, but a little tighter. I tell everyone who is training for ANYTHING to do spins. Do lots of them. Do them with an instructor on a regular basis. You definately DO NOT want your first experience with a spin to be all by yourself and down low. A power on, left spin in a 152 will get you upside down almost every time on the entry! If you’re not comfortable doing them in a Cessna, which you should be, go and seek and aerobatic instructor and get some good basic unusual attitude training. Best of luck and enjoy.

Try spinning a Traumahawk… :smiling_imp:

You still need a spin sign off for your CFI.

Spins and recoveries were part of the signoff for my PPL back in the day.

Orville and Wilbur used to take turns signing off IIRC… :wink:

lol. I delivered one from Lock Haven to California when they were still fairly new. On the first leg I figured I better see how it handled. I took a friends girlfriend along so she could build time right after getting her private license. I made the mistake of glancing back at the tail while she had her turn at stalls.
We didn’t do any more airwork.

FLYnyc is onto something with the 172. When they added drooped wingtips it wouldn’t spin worth a shoot. But goosing the throttle just as it starts to break is a great way to get it upside down in a hurry. I wouldn’t call it a snap roll cuz that would be illegal…

Kind of like doing Vmc demos in a Seminole. :open_mouth:

We had to spin for my training also- and once I did them I LOVED it. We would spin the J-3 at Evergreen for hours on end. fun fun fun. I miss those days. hard to roll or loop a LR-35 with Pax so now my life is not so much fun fun fun

Aint so hard…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SR-FASIMOTQ)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ahC84ATzA8)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AA0H83r_kGU)

and there’s more out there. :open_mouth: :open_mouth: :confused:

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Aint so hard…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SR-FASIMOTQ)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ahC84ATzA8)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AA0H83r_kGU)

and there’s more out there. :open_mouth: :open_mouth: :confused:

Reminds me of a Lear pilot for a certain air freight company who decided he’d attempt a roll on his last flight before moving on to Southwest…Bent the hell out of the airplane and Southwest said “Uh, thanks but no thanks” Hell of a way to screw your career, huh?[/quote]

[quote=“FlyNYC”]

Aint so hard…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SR-FASIMOTQ)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ahC84ATzA8)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AA0H83r_kGU)

and there’s more out there. :open_mouth: :open_mouth: :confused:

Reminds me of a Lear pilot for a certain air freight company who decided he’d attempt a roll on his last flight before moving on to Southwest…Bent the hell out of the airplane and Southwest said “Uh, thanks but no thanks” Hell of a way to screw your career, huh?

which is why I say no more fun for me- one of those youtubes was of a lear at KFXE[/quote]

I suppose a logical question when talking about stalls and spins is whether you’ve ever had anybody puke on your plane after doing spins or even just after takeoff. I can’t imagine that is a very pleasant thing to have happen. Can you drop the resulting bag full of vomit out of the plane?

I went on a flight with my neighbor in a Piper Arrow about 10 years ago and we did a touch-and-go at KBTF (Bountiful Skypark in Woods Cross, Utah). Only time I ever got sick in an airplane.

Give it a try! I know somebody who experienced the results of your experiment while trying to spread ashes. :frowning: :wink: