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Fatal Nature of Cross-Control Stalls

Top Threat in the Traffic Pattern

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One of the most subtle yet potentially life-threatening conditions pilots can face is the unintended skidded traffic pattern stall. Incapable of being accurately replicated in simulators, and exhibiting behavior unfamiliar to most pilots, skidded or slipping stalls pose a danger that is often underestimated. Stalls seen in Loss of Control In-flight accidents tend to be very different from the benign, coordinated stalls (or approach to stalls) generally seen in training. Understand the life-threatening characteristics of the skidded turn cross-control stall compared to its benign, comparatively safe, and stall-resistant cousin, the slip.


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Captain Clarke
Captain Clarke 'Otter' McNeace

Clarke is based at APS Headquarters at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa, Arizona USA. His career spans a wide spectrum of aviation to include: the US Navy an F/A-18 Hornet fighter pilot, commercial flight operations as an airline captain at a major US air carrier, as well as general aviation experience starting as a teenager with his own airplane in light pistons, that later expanded into gliders and float planes. Clarke has over 13,000 flight hours, is a 5-time Master CFI, and is now in his 15th year specializing in the development and delivery of APS' world-class Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) solutions.

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