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Thread: Vermont Clipper

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    Default Re: Vermont Clipper

    Quote Originally Posted by Gilbert Pierce View Post
    PA-16, On a flight review several years ago the instructor asked me did I know you could enter a slip and then pull the nose full up and still have full control. No I didn't.
    I first entered an aggressive slip, then pulled full up elevator. We gently descended under full control gaining no airspeed. I now do this when I slip the Clipper.

    Here is the log book entry: Did slip stall: Full slip-pulled nose up until stalled then aircraft just kept decending but nose high.

    I have also stalled the Clipper but the entry was differnt. Full power off stall and then full rudder and opposite aileron.
    Wow, I'm going to get some extra altitude next time flying and give that a try Gilbert. The Luscombe didn't have flaps either and I relied on good slips for nearly 20 years in that sweet little airplane. I have practiced slips on the Clipper several times going into short grass strips and find I don't need them quite as much because it comes down pretty good power off anyway and doesn't float like the Silvaire. A friend CFI with many hours in Clippers and Pacers told me he routinely slips right into the flare then straightens. Haven't worked up the confidence to try that just yet.

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    Default Re: Vermont Clipper

    Quote Originally Posted by VTClipper View Post
    A friend CFI with many hours in Clippers and Pacers told me he routinely slips right into the flare then straightens.
    That was my favorite thing to do with my Clipper.

    As far as spinning a Clipper, took me a very abrupt cross control and she just rolled over on her back and dove. It took some doing.

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