Basic Instrument Maneuvers
Near the end of the last climb in the maneuver, prepare for the transition back to level flight: 3 seconds or
100 ft (whichever occurs first) prior to level off, reduce power to the level flight setting and begin lowering
the nose to the horizon. Be sure to control the rate of pitch change in order to reach a level flight attitude
at the same time you reach level off altitude.
Power setting: Climb approximately 1500 pph; Descent approximately 700 pph
Pitch: Climb = 2-3 degrees noseup; Descent = 1-2 degrees nosedown
Clock: Cross-check with altimeter for 250 ft every 15 seconds
VSI: Steady at 1,000 fpm
Airspeed: 200 KIAS
Heading: Hold constant
The S-3 pattern combines the climbs and descents of the S-1 pattern with two 180 degree 1/2 standard
rate turns. The turn is reversed at the beginning of the second descent. See Figure 3.
Aircraft heading 090
Figure 3: S-3 PATTERN