Tailspin - Phases


In aircraft that are capable of recovering from a spin, the spin has four phases. For all or some types of spin some airplanes are not recoverable. At low height recovery may also be impossible. In both cases, only the first three phases occur.

  • Entry – The pilot stalls the plane while in uncoordinated flight.
  • Incipient – With one wing more stalled than the other, the rotation starts.
  • Developed – The aircraft's rotation rate, airspeed, and vertical speed are stabilized. At least one wing of the aircraft is stalled.
  • Recovery – After appropriate control inputs, the angle of attack of both wings decreases below the critical angle of attack, rotation slows. The nose attitude of the aircraft steepens, airspeed increases, autorotation stops, the aircraft is no longer stalled. The controls respond conventionally and the airplane can be returned to normal flight.

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