2. IUTs may practice the ATS with LDG, TO, or no flaps. If
practicing the maneuver with flaps LDG, remember to select flaps
TO immediately after the power addition. Students will only
accomplish this maneuver with TO flaps as per the Chapter Five
Refer to the current T-6A Advance Handling Characteristics FTI for amplified spin discussions,
including the progressive spin, control release spin, etc.
If the spin has not reached steady-state by 12,500 feet MSL (as per the procedure in Chapter 5),
you should take control of the aircraft from the student and execute the recovery per the
Inadvertent Departure From Controlled Flight procedure (i.e. PCL - Idle, Controls - Neutral).
The Ejection Decision: The T-6A is a very safe, stable spinning platform; however, in the very
unlikely event a situation occurs where the aircraft does not recover in a timely fashion, the
decision to eject may have to be made. Do not wait until you are in out-of-controlled flight to
think through how you are going to treat this situation. In the T-6A, expect to lose approximately
500 feet per turn with an additional 1500 to 2000 feet for a normal post-spin, dive recovery. The
NATOPS specifies the minimum recommended bailout for uncontrolled flight is 6000 feet AGL.
Discuss with the student your personal ejection minimums, as well as other considerations such
as airspace and weather, that will aid in making a safe decision to get out of the aircraft, should
the need arise. Be safe and do not make a bad situation worse by continuing to try to effect the
recovery of an aircraft that may never recover. Have personal minimums set before you fly and
stick to them.
Spin Common Errors:
Not reducing PCL to idle.
Not momentarily neutralizing the controls as the rotation stops.
Placing the stick in the wrong position during recovery (too far forward or aft).
Commencing the pullout too rapidly and/or too early, resulting in a secondary stall.
Not reporting oil pressure over the ICS prior to advancing power.
1004. SIMULATED POWER LOSS IN THE PATTERN
The instructor will initiate a simulated power loss in the pattern at or above 800 feet AGL.
Obviously, you must make rapid decisions in such a scenario. Your NATOPS Instructor will
discuss with you the different options you may elect depending on your position in the pattern
and whether or not off-duty runways exist. An early decision to eject may well be the best course
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