Spin Training initiative, Spin avoidance and recovery

The ‘Spin avoidance and recovery’ website has been designed around a presentation on spinning. It disects the anatomy of a spin, i.e. its aerodynamics and mechanics, in order to better understand how spins develop, but also how to avoid this potential killer.

The presentation begins with a look at accidents (Taumaranui 2003 and Tauranga 2002) and a few statistics gathered on fatal spin accidents.

Regardless of the training philosophy aircraft still spin – and they still kill. The ability to perform a spin recovery is very often an academic argument. Simply put – the majority of spins occur at altitudes that are too low for recovery and generally have only one outcome…

Whilst the website examines the dynamic reasons of why an aircraft will spin, it can do little to reduce the inevitable outcome if you enter a spin at low altitude.

Therefore … whilst it is important to understand clearly why aircraft spin, one needs to understand that the first and most important line of defense for survival is to avoid the conditions that lead to the spin in the first place.

In examining spins, most pilots rely on misinformation, urban myths, outdated statistics, hangar stories or self-serving views. The website is intended to clear up many of those misconceptions and make pilots more aware of how they can …

The Tiger Moth Club, together with the NZCAA, is part of this spin avoidance and recovery training through experience. A number of highly experienced and trained instructors will take participants on training flights. There is a pamphlet on the spin programme under downloads.

Spin Training website