WINGS - Weather phenomenon effecting Bay Area pilots

Hello again, so this is a very very very important topic. I believe this is what got Mr. Kennedy out of the sky and into the ground. Spin control and avoidance is critical to safe flight. Most of us never experience a spin in our normal private pilot training and most of us never get into aerobatics to learn how to get into one and what to do once you are in a spin. It is a crazy thing to do in an airplane not made for aerobatics but a really fun thing to do with the right equipment and training.

This session should be great to really learn more advanced theory on spins. Its located in San Carlos so all you west bay pilots should plan to be there.


"Spin Awareness and Unusual Attitude Recovery"
Topic: An in-depth discussion of the topic, beyond what is taught in primary training.
On Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 7:00 PM
San Carlos Flight Center
655 Skyway Rd
Suite 215
San Carlos, CA 94070

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Most student pilots have only a theoretical understanding of spins and spin recovery, since the FAA doesn't require in-flight spin training to get a Private Pilot certificate. Most schools don't focus on spin recovery and unusual attitude recovery, more than a quick lesson or two during private pilot training. In the US, only Flight Instructor candidates are actually required to have logged flight training of actual spins and spin recovery.

What is required of US Private Pilots? Only spin awareness training, ground training on the causes of spins, and ground discussion of spin recovery techniques.

In this seminar, experienced CFI and aviation legend Andy Geosits takes an important step in bridging that gap. As part of San Carlos Flight Center's Spin Clinic, running March and April of 2013, Mr. Geosits will dive deeper in to the forces that cause a spin to develop, and the errant flight control inputs that allow pilots to get themselves into spins. Key to the discussion will be a review of the 2nd Rule of Aviation, "There's no skidding in flying!" If you're a student, private, or commercial pilot, you owe it to yourself to become more knowledgeable about spin and spin avoidance. It could save your life.

Mr. Geosits will also talk about Unusual Attitude Recovery and light aerobatics in the Citabria and Super Decathlon. The safety seminar counts as ground portion credit toward the Spin Clinic flights running through March and April, in which pilots are taken up by an experienced instructor and allowed a chance to see flight situations that can lead to a spin, how spins develop, and how disorienting a real spin can be. Emphasis will be on developing a safe and automatic response to recovering from a spin and returning the aircraft to normal flight.

Note: Participation in this Safety Seminar only covers the ground portion of the Spin Clinic. Contact San Carlos Flight Center to book an appointment for an in-flight Spin Clinic session.

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The sponsor for this seminar is: FAASTeam

The FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) is committed to providing equal access to this meeting/event for all participants. If you need alternative formats or services because of a disability, please communicate your request as soon as possible with the person in the "Contact Information" area of the meeting/event notice. Note that two weeks is usually required to arrange services.

The following credit(s) are available for the WINGS/AMT Programs:

Basic Knowledge 3 - 1 Credit

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  • Roland

    You are so funny Jae, thanks for that. I am guilty. I forgot that when you create an event, it automatically signs you up for it. Ooops!!! Sorry we are going to miss you this weekend at the Oakdale event. Gonna be fun!!!

    March 13, 2013

  • Jae

    There are 2 wings sessions scheduled for both wed and thurs with people signed up for both. I have to say i am impressed. I have heard of multitasking, but i have never mastered being at 2 places at once?!

    March 12, 2013

  • Natasha F.

    Interesting how the laws have changed. When I did my private pilot training in[masked], in-flight spin & recovery training was required.


    March 3, 2013

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