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The Stall

A major cause of General Aviation fatal accidents is "Loss of Control Inflight", LOC-I. This loss of control often happens when the pilot allows the aeroplane to stall and fails to take recovery action in time to avoid impact with the ground. There are three phases of flight where a stall is particularly dangerous, immediately after lift off, on the finals turn for landing and in the latter stages of a forced landing. The aim of this article is to show how the stall develops and the actions you must take to prevent a stall becoming fully developed.

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The Stall and How to Avoid It

Author: William Lonergan, RAF (rtd.)

Fighter Pilot, A2 QFI, IRE

William learnt to fly on the Tiger Moth in New Zealand in the late 1950s. He flew the T6 Harvard with the RNZAF before becoming a commercial pilot and flying instructor with the Southland Aero Club. He instructed on the Tiger Moth and Auster J5F Aiglet Trainer. Much of his commercial flying was in Austers and the Cessna 170 out of grass strips in the Southern Alps of New Zealand. He came to the UK in 1960 and joined the RAF, training on the Piston Provost and Vampire T11. He then became an ab-initio instructor on the Jet Provost T3 and T4 before moving on to ground attack on the Hunter. Apart from a short sojourn on the Gnat T1 he flew Hunters for the rest of his service career finishing his time in the RAF as an instructor on the RAFs Tactical Weapons Unit. He has flown around 60 types of aircraft and is one of the last aviators left who has been a professional flying instructor on 70 mph Biplanes and Supersonic, in a dive, Jets.

William flies the Beagle Pup and Bulldog as part of the Skyhawks Formation Display Team.