Wednesday, 17 September 2014


Once I’d got established into todays practice flight test, I felt the familiar twinge of panic once the realisation hit that I’d have to do the dreaded power on stalls, only this time with Bob-the-pretend-examiner in the passenger seat as opposed to Bob-the-instructor encouraging me along.

When the dreaded moment came, I was strangely serene. Power off stall with full flaps carried out effectively, Bob’s hands firmly in his lap. There was no way I could believe that he was helping me along. This was all me.

So the power on stall. I take a moment to confirm the rpm setting and no flaps. I pause briefly and explain I’m just going to get us on what I consider to be a more appropriate heading for this exercise. I can’t put it off any longer, I start the long pull back on the yoke, entering the stall slowly and deliberately, checking the pull back a little as I’m left wing low and not coordinated. I sort it out and continue to pull back.

The stall horn whines, the pitch becoming ever more frenetic as the nose comes up and up and up. After a seeming age, the stall breaks with a slight wing dip. I recover on the rudder, full power and bring us back from the brink. I’ve been so focussed on getting the technique correct that there simply wasn’t any room in my brain left for fear. This is a good thing!

During the debrief, Bob chides me gently for holding it in the stall for a tad too long. “Once the stall horn is pretty full on, you can recover” he comments.

Obviously there is a touch of overcompensation going on there then!

1 comment:

  1. I found it is a good thing to ask the examiner when they would like you to recover from a stall so you know before you start. Sometimes they only want to see you recover from the first tone of the stall warning, other times they may ask after the stall has fully developed. Knowing in advance means you can self brief your intended actions. Don't forget to tell them when you are going to recover.