A look at unusual attitude recovery

By Adam Hunt


Jim Holtom describes an unusual attitude.

The flight's September meeting featured Jim Holtom, a recent graduate of APS

Emergency Manoeuvre Training in Phoenix, Arizona.

APS is owned by Canadians, but operates from Arizona to take advantage of the U.S. market and the year-round warm VFR weather.

The meeting was well advertised and the topic obviously got the attention of the local pilot population as it was well attended.

As part of the training course APS produces a DVD for its students featuring complete raw video coverage of all their unusual attitude recovery training flights. Holtom took the DVD footage and edited it down into short clips that illustrated his presentation, emphasizing the various upsets and recoveries, including recoveries from wake turbulence, as well as from skidding and slipping turns.

On the course he learned that an airplane, or even a glider, can climb when stalled and that an airplane can fly under full control well below its stall speed, provided that down elevator is used to decrease the loading below one g.

Holtom's presentation was entitled “No Puke, No Glory” as he was airsick nine times in the four training days. Apparently this didn't deter him as he has indicated that he is returning to APS in October 2009 for some more. Visit www.apstraining.com for more information on upset recovery training.