CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - 3

CFI NOTES

LETTERS
Editor's Note: In our previous CFItoCFI newsletter
"Collected Wisdom" column, we asked CFIs if they are pro
or con spin training and why. Here are their opinions.
I absolutely think that properly executed spin training
and recovery practice is a vital experience for any pilot
but ultimately critical for commercial pilots and flight
instructors to be comfortable with spins, upsets, and
recoveries. Over the past eight years of instructing I have
witnessed far too many instructors who endorse CFI
candidates without really instilling confidence in spin
entry and recovery procedures or even being confident
in the maneuver themselves. As aerobatic CFIs we must
work to improve spin confidence in our fellow instructors
who may not enjoy looping, spinning, and rolling as much
as we do! As airplanes become more automated and less
hand flying occurs, early-on training of spin and upset
recovery will be crucial to the safety of general and
commercial aviation.
-Mike Reindl, CFI/Owner
www.tailsliders.com

I understand spin training was required many years ago
for a private pilot certificate, but it was dropped because
more pilots were being hurt or worse due to the training.
The airplanes back then were more basic, for example,
the Aeronca 7AC and J-3 Cub. Most trainers these days
have better flight characteristics not to mention gyros,
which do not like being spun.
My first spin was in a T-34B-I learned how to avoid
spinning. When I have primary students training for the
private pilot certificate, I show them what happens to the
airplane when stalling in a slip or skid. The takeaway is,
I want them to know how to avoid the condition and how
to correct it.
Some current day trainers probably should not be spun
but avoidance is paramount.
I currently teach tailwheel in an Aeronca 7AC and I also
teach in Cessna 172s. If the trainee wants to see a spin,
that will be considered.
-John Peake, CFI AI

use for spin awareness training. It's an excellent tool for
demonstrating the risks in situations that would not be
safe in an airplane. See our Redbird Spin Training Video
(youtu.be/vNbmegdmcaA).
-David Strassburg
Spin training at altitude is great fun, but I doubt it will
help the accident rate much. Spin accidents happen at
low altitudes. If a fully developed spin takes 500 feet to
recover and you are at 400 feet, you are on the wrong
side of that equation. Factor in unwillingness to push
the yoke forward when seeing the ground rushing up
at you. Being in that situation means you were behind
the aircraft in the first place. How many seconds (feet)
does it take to catch up and react? I'm happy to teach
spins if my students want it. However, delaying stall
recovery until you begin to enter a spin may be more
useful training to show students what a spin entry looks
like and how a quick response can stop it. Any training in
this area should drill home the absolute necessity of not
losing control of your airplane. Anything less and we are
just teaching a skill set that will atrophy with disuse.
-Steve Wilson

At my airport 7B2 in Northampton, Massachusetts,
we've found a way to put the Redbird flight simulator-
normally thought of as an instrument trainer-to good

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CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2

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CFI-to-CFI Newsletter—Vol. 10, Issue 2
CFI Notes
CFI Notes: Letters
CFI Notes: Did You Know? There I Was…A Cirrus, a Cruise Ship, and the USCG
Standards Dissected—ACS Basics
Safety Seminar: Difficult Decisions—What Would You Do?
Collected Wisdom: Tricks of the Trade
CFI News
CFI Tips: Beyond Teaching "To the Test"—How To Ramp Up Your Instruction
ASI Message: Moving Up, Down, or Sideways
Real Pilot Story: Powerless Over Paris
Safety Spotlight: Scalable Safety Framework
Point/Counterpoint: Keep Spinning the Whiz Wheel or E6B No Mo?
Chart Challenge: The Art of the IFR Chart
You Can Fly: 2019 AOPA FlightTraining Service Experience Survey Now Open
Safety Quiz: Density Altitude
CFI Tools: Weather or Not—Thunderstorm Challenge
Chief's Corner: Mentoring—A Different Perspective
Safety Tip: Marshalling Signals
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - CFI-to-CFI Newsletter—Vol. 10, Issue 2
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - CFI Notes
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - CFI Notes: Letters
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - CFI Notes: Did You Know? There I Was…A Cirrus, a Cruise Ship, and the USCG
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - Standards Dissected—ACS Basics
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - 6
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - 7
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - 8
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - Safety Seminar: Difficult Decisions—What Would You Do?
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - Collected Wisdom: Tricks of the Trade
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - CFI News
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - 12
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - 13
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - 14
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - CFI Tips: Beyond Teaching "To the Test"—How To Ramp Up Your Instruction
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - 16
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - 17
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - 18
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - ASI Message: Moving Up, Down, or Sideways
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - 20
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - Real Pilot Story: Powerless Over Paris
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - 22
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - Safety Spotlight: Scalable Safety Framework
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - Point/Counterpoint: Keep Spinning the Whiz Wheel or E6B No Mo?
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - 25
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - 26
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - Chart Challenge: The Art of the IFR Chart
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - 28
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - You Can Fly: 2019 AOPA FlightTraining Service Experience Survey Now Open
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - Safety Quiz: Density Altitude
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - 31
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - CFI Tools: Weather or Not—Thunderstorm Challenge
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - Chief's Corner: Mentoring—A Different Perspective
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - 34
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - 35
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - Safety Tip: Marshalling Signals
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