Flight 5 - Steep Turns and Spin Awareness


The purpose of this lesson is to raise awareness of spins, recognize and recover from realistic stalls, and practice steep turns. The student will also practice maneuvers listed as review.


Lunch at Lodi

You are taking a friend for lunch at the airport café at Lodi. The graphical area forecast is showing a broken layer 3,000 feet, but you feel comfortable flying underneath it.

  • Study these Jeppesen Private Pilot Maneuvers
    • Chapter 5 - Flight Maneuvers
      • Maneuver 23 - Demonstrated Stalls and Spin Awareness
      • Maneuver 24 - Steep Turns
  • Prepare for flight to the Lodi Airport (1O3)
    • Use your plotter to determine the true course and distance in nautical miles from Cameron Park airport to Lodi Airport. Convert the true course to a magnetic course by applying the magnetic deviation depicted on the sectional chart for this area.
    • On the notepad that you take with you into the airplane, write down these details regarding the Lodi airport:
      • Airport Name and Identifier
      • Airport Elevation
      • Traffic Pattern Altitude
      • CTAF Frequency
      • AWOS Frequency
      • Runway identifiers, width, length and type of visual glide slope indicator, and traffic pattern direction
  • Obtain a weather briefing and be prepared to present it during the Preflight Discussion
Learning Objectives
Preflight Discussion
Desired Outcome Task/Knowledge
Practice Discuss lesson objective and completion standards
Describe Steep turns
Explain Stall entry, recognition and recovery procedures
Describe Spin awareness
Practice Preflight Risk Assessment
Desired Outcome Task/Knowledge
Describe Steep turns
Describe Spin Awareness
Desired Outcome Task/Knowledge
Perform Taxiing
Perform Normal or crosswind takeoff and climb
Perform Proper use of the radio for two-way communication
Perform Collision avoidance procedures
Practice Wake turbulence avoidance procedures
Practice Wind shear avoidance procedures
Practice Stall recognition and recovery procedures: from straight flight and from turns (full and imminent)
Practice Power-Off Stalls
Practice Power-On Stalls
Perform Airport traffic pattern entry and departure procedures
Practice Forward Slip to a landing
Practice Side Slip to a Landing
Perform Before Landing Procedures
Practice Normal or crosswind landings
Practice Go arounds/Rejected landings
Perform After landing, engine shutdown, securing and postflight inspection
Postflight Briefing
Desired Outcome Task/Knowledge
Practice Critique performance
Completion Standards
The lesson is complete when the pilot-in-training can:
  • meet the desired outcomes listed in the learning objectives table.
  • conduct normal checklist procedures without input from the instructor.
  • recognize when a stall is occurring and promptly conduct the proper recovery procedure.
  • maintain altitude ±250 feet, airspeed within ±20 knots, heading within ±30 degrees, and roll out on desired headings within ±30 degrees while practicing steep turns and review maneuvers.