Basic Instrument Maneuvers
Lead point for roll-out: 1/3 of the AOB
Trim: As required
Again, keeping the pressure trimmed off the stick during the maneuver is an important element in
accomplishing the maneuver smoothly.
The S patterns are scan builders that increase your skills in transitioning into and maintaining a rate of
descent and climb. Additionally, the S-3 requires you to perform a 1/2 SRT while climbing and
The altimeter and VSI lag, so the 3-second lead point for the initial descent allows you to position the
aircraft at the proper attitude with the appropriate power setting. As the second hand keeps moving, the
altimeter and VSI initially lag behind. Dont make any adjustment at this time; let the altimeter and VSI
catch up to the clock. The same rule applies for the other transitions: go to the suggested attitude and
power setting and let the instruments catch up before you make any corrections.