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OVER THE EDGE

MASTERING THE ART OF THE SPIN

I

must say, I enjoyed the September 2014 issue of Flight Training
more than any issue yet published ("Special Issue: Spins Focus").
Spin issues and training are far too underrated in my opinion. As
a United States Army flight instructor (1960s and 1970s), spins
were taught as just one more maneuver to be mastered by Army aviators. You can be sure I've had more than one conversation in regard to
the pros and cons of spin training over the half-century since then. For
the most part, I saw nothing in this issue of Flight Training I can take
issue with, although I would like to express my philosophy about the
value of spin training.
Philosophically, I am of the opinion
that pilots should experience spins
for the first time in the company of an
experienced flight instructor. The worstcase scenario is for a pilot to experience
a spin for the first time by himself. If a
pilot is competent in spin recoveries, it
could make a difference someday. We can
all agree, the chances of preventing the
typical traffic-pattern spin accident, once
it is started, are practically zero. I would
suggest that the chances of surviving a
traffic-pattern spin accident, once it is
started, are slim to none.
In most traffic-pattern spin accidents

the airplane contacts the ground at an
angle of between 45 and 90 degrees
nose down. This will not be a survivable situation. However, if the pilot
is able to recover enough so that the
aircraft strikes the ground at less than a
45-degree angle, the energy dissipation
difference may allow for survival of some
or all of the people on board.
I have taught my students spins as a
presolo maneuver so they will have a slim
chance in the traffic pattern scenario and
no problem at higher altitudes.
Steven J. Rossiter
Missoula, Montana

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