The student should become familiar with the behavior of the aircraft in slow flight, gaining an understanding of the inputs and procedures required for safe aircraft control near stall.
- maneuver & setup
- common problem areas
- model aircraft
- whiteboard and markers
- Airplane Flying Handbook
- standardization manual
Demonstrate, using the whiteboard and model aircraft, the setup, execution, and recovery for slow flight. As a guided discussion, teach and evaluate the student’s application of the maneuver to real-world situations.
Read assignment prior to briefing, and participate in the guided discussion with responses and questions.
The lesson will be complete when the student shows a working knowledge of slow flight and can explain the maneuver with minimal instructor guidance.
- power curve
- induced drag
- situations requiring slow flight
- setup: 1,500 ft agl dual, 2,000 ft agl solo; 15” manifold pressure
- flaps, gear as specified by instructor
- reduce airspeed (+10/–0 knots) to just above stall
- proper power settings and throttle usage
- level flight (±10° heading; ±100 ft altitude)
- climbs, turns, descents (±10° bank)
- important at slow speed
- torque and other turning tendencies