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Old 10-17-2017, 05:46 AM
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Now that would be a very good reason not to spin it down.

Originally Posted by airguy View Post
In a non-rated 9A?

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Old 10-17-2017, 07:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Webb View Post
Why not do an overhead approach? Or maybe practice an emergency circle to land and try to nail it with power off.
I would do overhead approaches in formation with -6s -7s -8s and Swifts. It would require, at times full forward slips to bleed energy and fit in with the rest of the formation.

It was not a problem, just something that had to be done. In the end, it gave me so much confidence in the aircraft that full slipping approaches became a go-to procedure in many situations. The giant airbrake is the fuselage. You've paid for it, it's no extra weight, and it's lots of fun to deploy!
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Old 10-17-2017, 11:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Webb View Post
Why not do an overhead approach? Or maybe practice an emergency circle to land and try to nail it with power off.
I've done overhead breaks with my 9 and they work just fine for bleeding energy. The purpose of this test was to see how the 9 responded to riding a stall down. The 9 drops like a rock if you slow it way down so that what I do when I need to lose altitude quickly. On final I can always go around if I'm hot and can't slow down enough.

I really brought this up because I'm a little concerned about the movement on the horizontal and I wanted to see if anybody else noticed this. Bird wings should flap, not airplane wings. :-)

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Yep... again. Solution: don't look back there...
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Old 10-18-2017, 11:47 PM
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Default Practice the steep spiral descent as well

This is a maneuver my original instructor liked to demonstrate, so I naturally have practiced it often. During my Private Pilot exam check ride it helped me to nail a power off descent to landing. It allows for good visibility below, and you can practice going around a spot on the ground. Slow to full flap speed, drop the flaps and power, and then initiate about a 45 degree bank, adding power once in a while to clear the engine and using pitch to control the airspeed. The RV9A will do this easily and I have seen 1500-1800 FPM.
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