Loss of control is the biggest cause of accidents, usually fatal, in general aviation. Wonder why? maybe pilots are missing some basic stick and rudder skills in their primary training. How many pilots know that the elevator is the primary control that makes an airplane turn, not the rudder and not the ailerons. How many pilots have done a spin? how many pilots are afraid to spin? How many pilots know that stalls don’t cause spins? And, not knowing is how pilots kill themselves by spinning in on the base to final turn, or otherwise losing control of their airplane and unintentionally meeting up with terra firma.
Special thanks to Mark H Potter II for his help with this article. To Read More of Karen’s story CLICK HERE
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Rich Stowell, whom Karen identifies at the “spin guru”, will be at KDVO October 23, 24 and 25 giving spin and upset recovery instruction in a Decathlon. Details at www.marincountyairport.com. Rich will also be giving a FAASt seminar on Loss of Control on Thursday evening, October 22 in the C.A.P. facility at Gnoss Field.