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How to hold altitude when doing power on stall.

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I am in the middle of private pilot flight training . I am having a problem holding the altitude while doing a power on stall.

When I am demonstrating a power on stall when I pitch up and apply power  I still connot hold altitude, the airplane start to sink , more pitch up and it is going to stall, no more power available , throttle is all the way in.

And the same problem happens when doing steep turns . I blame airplane for doing that, as the airplane is old.

My instructor can do it perfectly ok with no loss of altitude but there is some thing which I am not doing it right. should I trim for more nose  more. 

Any trick that can help here.


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  1. John D. Collins on Jan 19, 2013

    Your instructor may be pitching the nose up faster to get to the stall attitude sooner. You don’t want to overdo it though as you don’t need to add much acceleration and induce an accelerated stall. I will normally set the pitch attitude, probably over 16 degrees while I still have a reasonable margin over the stall speed and hold the attitude in a sufficiently high pitch position that eventually the airplane will stall.

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  2. Lucas on Jan 20, 2013

    Also when doing steep turns as with any maneuver on any airplane, try to touch the controls as little as possible, as at 45 degrees most training airplanes will stay balanced (overturning tendencies and stability are nearly in balance). As you are adding the bank to the left try giving the trim wheel two spins down and then adjusting it for level flight, when turning to the right add half a spin and see how that works for you.

    Cheers Lucas


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  3. Donnie on Jan 21, 2013

    Steep turns … you will have to apply back elevator pressure during turns (more so with steep turns). During a turn, the vertical component of lift is diminished while the horizontal lift is increased. This, additional back pressure is required to compensate for that reduced vertical lift.

    On the stalls, are you losing altitude as you near the stall or during the stall recovery?

    Have you asked your CFI? Have you tried talking out loud as you do these maneuvers?

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