Stalling an Airplane

When I had first heard of a stall in an airplane, I just assumed that it meant the engine would quit and the propeller would stop spinning then you would crash. Makes sense right? Well, that is not exactly the case. (Yes I just admitted that I do not know everything and I was wrong about something.) A stall is when you reach your critical angle of attack and you begin to lose lift. A stall occurs when the smooth airflow over the airplane’s wing is disrupted, and the lift degenerates rapidly. A stall can happen at any airspeed, power setting, or altitude. There are many different factors that can affect the rate at which a stall can happen such as increased weight, increased load factor, and wing contamination. As a student pilot I will safely force the airplane to stall so that later on, I will be able to recognize that the airplane is starting to stall and stop it before it happens. It is important to recognize a stall because the quicker you recognize it, the faster you can recover. They should learn to recognize an approaching stall by sight, sound, and feel. The plane will also start buffeting and your stall horn may alert you. It is important to recognize a stall and not completely rely on your stall horn because it may malfunction and not alert you then it could be too late. Next week, I will have more on different types of stalls and how to recover from them. Until then, you can visit globalair.com to find your very own airplane that you can practice stalls in!

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