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    Default Turning stall

    Has anyone managed to get their plane to roll in base to final turn situation? I have never really tried to practice this. My tri pacer mushes and drops like a rock, when practicing slow flight and stalls, but has never tried to roll over on me. Can you fall into a spin stall as fast as say an RV, or would the pacer drop like a rock first alerting you to the impending spin?

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    Default Re: Turning stall

    Bob I will try to answer your question. If you stay coordinated you will not go into a stall spin accident when turning from base to final. We all know it is hard to make a SW to even stall. If you are turning base to final and holding heavy top rudder it would be in a slip then the top wing could stall and roll over the top, or bottom rudder you will be in a skid then the lower wing could stall and it would roll under. In a short wing this would be hard to do especially if your speed is where it should be and not making steep turns. You are right, the SW have very good control and do not try to roll. Some aircraft break in a stall quick but the SW don't do that. My Pacer mushes and descends about 500 ft per minute. That is not like a rock but some airplane break sharply and dive and that is more like a rock.

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    Default Re: Turning stall

    Quote Originally Posted by Fred Mayes View Post
    some airplane break sharply and dive and that is more like a rock.
    Used to do this quite a bit in a Cessna Aerobat (on purpose) at altitude, not at pattern altitude. We would bank at 25 degrees with almost full rudder in the direction of turn with up elevator until the stall broke in the direction of the bank, skidding under the bottom break. The airplane rolls quickly in the direction of the bank, sometimes inverted, and pitches down to almost vertical while entering the spin. When this stall happens in the Aerobat, it happens quickly. It used to take at least 500 to 700' of altitude during recovery. Have had students to enter a spin before recovery because correct control inputs were not used after the stall.

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    Default Re: Turning stall

    that was what I am really wondering, has anyone's plane rolled while stalling in the turn? I have not tried on purpose to do this. in every attitude I can safely get into in slow flight, mt tri pacer just starts dropping never one wing or the other just plain elevators down.I make a point of keeping my wings pretty flat while slowing the plane down.

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    Bob, to get the SW's to do a stall spin position the pilot would have to really be doing drastic rudder movements. It would be almost impossible. In fact it might be impossible. I probably should not say that but if you are a pilot any pilot should know not to make severe movements of controls at low altitude and slow flight. I have noticed during student training students are reluctant to use the rudder with the ailerons in turning but when they get to the landing phase of their training they try to use the rudder to line the airplane up with the runway. With some airplanes that is a problem and it is a bad habit.

    Fred Mayes
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    Default Re: Turning stall

    The only way I have gotten a Short Wing to drop a wing is to abruptly (almost violently) cross control while slow.

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    Steve and Fred thanks, That is exactly what i thought. My question came from watching videos of low wing planes and how fast they can flip in cross control situations in slow flight. I have tried but could not get my plane to start to roll. I find my plane with drop wing tips is really quite predictable is slow flight.

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