by Philip Greenspun; revised April 2005
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This is a local flight from Bedford to the practice area and back.
The student becomes proficient with slow flight and power-off stalls
and improves his or her ability to fly a traffic pattern and set up
for landing. Power-on stalls are explicitly excluded from this lesson
to avoid interference.
The student learns that the aircraft can be flown and controlled at a
wide range of airspeeds but that required rudder and yoke/stick
pressures will change. During the discussions the student is reminded
that while this little trainer aircraft with two people on board might
recover from a stall by itself, a fully loaded 4- or 6-place airplane
will not be as forgiving. Also the possibility of a properly flown
plane becoming stalled due to wind shear is mentioned.
- aerodynamics and stall review
- configuring the airplane for landing
- slow flight
- stalls and recovery
- approach and landing
- touch and goes
- preflight review of aerodynamics and stalls, magnetic compass errors
- passenger briefing and pilot briefing
- takeoff, turn toward practice area, climb, level out at 2500
- straight and level at 2500'
- 360-degree clearing turn
- reconfigure the plane for landing
- slow down to 10 knots above stall and turn to headings using
magnetic compass and directional gyro (DG), climb and descend 200'
- slow down to 5 knots above stall and repeat maneuvers
- reduce power to typical approach setting and attempt to hold altitude
- recover from stall simply by relaxing back-pressure and note altitude loss
- configure for best-climb, climb up to 3000'
- configure for landing, attempt to hold 3000', stall and recover
with power, note altitude loss
- get ATIS, call Bedford tower, prepare to enter the Bedford traffic
- two touch-and-goes then a full-stop landing
Total time: 2:00
- 0-15 minutes: planning in the lounge
- 15-30: pre-flight and getting settled in the airplane
- 30-45: taxiing out and running up
- 45-90: the flight
- 90-105: park and secure airplane
- 105-120: evaluation and discussion
- New York Sectional
- Fuel strainer
- scratch paper
- print-outs of the following tasks:
The instructor helps with landing flares as necessary.
The student does all radio communications and manipulation of the
Holding altitude during slow flight within 150 feet; heading within 20
degrees; airspeeds within 10 knots.
FAR Subchapter A "Definitions". FAR 61 Subpart C. FAR Part 91.