At the first indication of a stall, whether stick shaker or airframe stall buffet, recover
utilizing the: "MAX RELAX LEVEL BALL" method. Simultaneously perform the following:
Power to maximum (PCL full forward, a.k.a. firewalled).
RELAX: Relax back stick pressure to decrease AOA (do not dump the nose).
Level the wings to the horizon, and then establish a positive climbing attitude.
Apply right rudder as necessary to center the balance ball.
Establish a positive climb, as verified by the altimeter and VSI. Once verified, state over
the ICS, "Aircraft climbing." Continue shallow climb and adjust the nose to accelerate out of the
stick shaker, as required. Crosscheck AOA gauge for less than 18 units.
Accelerate to and establish a 115-knot climb. Level off at the next 500 feet MSL interval.
Reduce power to ~34% and maintain level flight at 115 KIAS.
Retrim as necessary to remove all pressures from the flight controls and check balance ball
Read and review the following sections in the T-6 NATOPS and
Chapter 6: Departures From Controlled Flight, Departure
Recovery, Spirals, and Spins (focus on Spin Characteristics, Erect
Spins, and the Erect Spin Recovery). Be prepared to discuss these
sections in the preflight briefing.
Spins are taught to increase your situational awareness and confidence in extreme unusual
attitudes and out-of-control flight. In the most basic terms, the spin requires two conditions: stall
and yaw. During practice spins, the stall comes from a nose high, idle-power entry and the yaw
comes from a fully deflected rudder, applied in the desired direction of spin as the aircraft stalls.
Straightforward and procedural, the spin entry is not a finesse maneuver. It requires full back
stick (ailerons neutral), fully deflected rudder, and idle power. Correctly following the spin
procedure below will ensure you enter the erect spin and not something undesirable/unsafe, such
as a spiral.
You will only practice erect spins in the clean configuration. In the event of an unintentional
spin with gear and/or flaps down or the speed break extended, clean the aircraft immediately per
the NATOPS Spin Recovery, Chapter 6, to enhance aircraft recovery characteristics and prevent
exceeding any operating limitations.
Spins below 10,000 feet MSL are prohibited due to high stresses on the propeller which occur
during the spin maneuver with the propeller revolutions per minute (RPM) below 80%. To
prevent high stresses from occurring, the PMU artificially maintains propeller RPM at 80% with