Spin Cycle

There are Records for Everything

Spinning an airplane is an essential part of aerobatics.  It can be fun but has it’s limits.

Suderman, who is scheduled to perform in this weekend’s air show, attempted to break the world record for inverted flat spins in one attempt Thursday. The record is 78 spins, he said.

Unfortunately, total rotations were 64.  There’s always next time., provided he avoids the low altitude record.


4 responses to “Spin Cycle

  1. virgil xenophon

    LOL. For most pilots in most aircraft the inverted flat spin is one’s worst night-mare and in many ac almost inescapable no matter what the altitude–but THIS GUY makes a living doing it…lol

    • I was pretty nervous during my first spin. It’s what you’re never, ever supposed to do in private pilot flight training. It was eliminated from the syllabus after the manuever eliminated some pilots. Today, pilots are taught spin avoidance and stall recovery.
      Too bad. It’s fun and also a valuable skill.

      Inverted flat spins. Not so much.

  2. virgil xenophon

    Wilko, surely you must mean it was elim in civilian flt schools, right? I can’t imagine it being so in the military. I rather enjoyed spin recovery in both 37s & 38s. The trick is to keep your eye out of the cockpit and on the horizon (if daylight, natch). Techniques taught come & go like fads, tho. We were taught never to try to use oppo rudder as might get confused, but to put controls in neutral, then slam the stick HARD forward to break momentum. And in ac with drogue chutes it’s deployment is used when all-else fails–a pretty effective maneuver. No one trains that way, of course, but we all were shown films demonstrating its effectiveness in F-4 RTU and it was part of the EMR check-list (not that anyone is going to be referring to it during the real deal 🙂 )

    But the trend IS toward wussification. Even when I was in, the old F-101 Voodoo was a notoriously difficult ac to recover from, so much so that a stick-shaker was put in and the USAF SOP was to avoid stall/spins at ALL COSTS. The more no-nonsense ballsy Canucks, by contrast (who also flew the CF-101) made spin recovery part of their STANDARD check-out procedures for FNGs in the 101. LOL!

    • Yup. All civilian training is done without spins (except a certified instructor IIRC). Military is de rigueur. Too bad since I think it builds a great deal of confidence. Recovery for piston A/C in order: 1) Reduce power-otherwise you aggravate and flatten the spin 2) Neutralize ailerons (same as military) 3) Rudder opposite the spin (If you screw this one up you’ll know right away! 4) Pitch elevator down to break the stall. Then power up. The challenge is to stop the spin precisely at the end of the specified turn. (i.e. four complete revolutions facing the exact compass heading you entered the spin.

      I just can’t imagine doing it 50 or 60 times.

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