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Editor's Note

By Reggie Paulk, Editor – In the Loop

Reggie Paulk

Last month’s poll questions revolved around spins (pun intended), and the response was huge. Nearly 300 people weighed in with their votes, and it paints a clear picture for the necessity of spin training with a competent instructor. Nearly all of the 289 respondents, or about 96 percent, have practiced spins. This isn’t too much of a shock considering that we’re the International Aerobatic Club, after all.

What was surprising were the number of pilots who’ve been in an unintentional spin. Nearly 40 percent of those responding have had this happen. That’s an alarming number – especially if you were to extrapolate it out to the general pilot population with much less spin training. It’s also an indication that pilots should take it upon themselves to get proper spin training from a qualified and competent instructor. 

Speaking of instructors, when asked if their instructor was well versed in spins and spin recovery techniques, only about 80 percent answered in the affirmative. This points to an obvious problem in the instructor population, which is supposed to receive spin training as part of the flight instructor certificate. It also hints at a need to be vigilant when choosing a flight instructor for training in spins, or even flight instruction in general.

Have fun, be safe, and we’ll see you next month in Oshkosh!

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