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IFR Fix: The ‘unexpected situation’

Article | Mar 25, 2013

What comes to mind on reading the words “IFR and stalls”? Visceral reactions aside, probably very few IFR aviators would read that phrase, wave a hand in dismissal, and move on to more provocative subjects. Likely even fewer insist that solid chunks of their proficiency flying focus on handling near-stall IFR scenarios, including while flying “under the hood.” View-limited or not, what kinds of near-stall scenarios is an instrument pilot likely to confront? The pilot of a Lancair 4 climbing through flights levels encountered quick-forming ice and nearly stalled; the aircraft was flying on the autopilot at the time.

ABC story on ‘small plane crashes’ flat wrong, AOPA says

Article | Mar 21, 2013

The March 18 ABC World News and Nightline story, “Many small plane crashes preventable,” turned a spin awareness flight with aerobatic pilot and 2006 National CFI of the Year Rich Stowell into a sensational, inaccurate segment on general aviation safety.

Angle-of-attack awareness key to safety

Advocacy | Aug 29, 2012

A recently published FAA advisory circular (AC) offers general aviation an important training tool as the industry strives to reduce the number of fatal loss-of-control accidents.

The upside of upside-down

Article | Aug 23, 2012

At a small New Jersey airport, about 30 pilots gathered Aug. 17 to 19 to test their skill at spins, loops, rolls - and a few more radical maneuvers - inside a square kilometer of airspace. While the International Aerobatic Club has seen membership decline, thanks in large part to a struggling economy, there is plenty of enthusiasm, dedication, and camaraderie to go around.

Topsy-turvy course hooks lifetime flyers, customers

Article | Jul 11, 2012

In the skies over northern Massachusetts, generations of pilots have taken their first taste of a world turned upside down, an introduction to flight inverted that leaves a lasting impression. Many have gone on to learn aerobatics, or get a taildragger endorsement: this kind of flying is pure fun. There's also a serious purpose behind unusual attitude training--just ask any small airplane pilot who has been caught in the wake vortex of an airliner. Learning to master spins, and spin recovery, is another step to building confidence as a pilot, and the skills needed to stay in control no matter what.

Icon video promotes spin-resistant marketing strategy

Article | May 31, 2012

The California company producing a light sport aircraft with sports car looks and a resistance to spins has produced a video demonstration of what happens when you put an Icon A5 side by side with a Cessna 150, pull the power and stick back, and boot the rudders of both.