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4 Ways To Get Better At Stall Recoveries

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If you want to perfect your stall recoveries, try these 4 things...

Swayne Martin

1) Zero Aileron Use: Hands Off The Yoke!

Try this with your CFI. Keep one hand on the throttle and the other on your leg, with your feet firmly on the rudder pedals. Have your CFI control the yoke with zero aileron application and pitch as necessary. As the stall happens, you'll be forced to maintain coordinated flight with your feet alone.

If one wing starts dropping before the other, it probably means that you're uncoordinated, and you need to use more rudder to even things out (remember, "step on the ball"). Focus on keeping your ailerons neutral, and use your rudder to do the work. You'll fly yourself out of the stall wings level, while losing a minimum amount of altitude.


2) Try A Recovery With Zero Power

The FAA has placed emphasis on reducing your AOA to break a stall, as opposed to a reliance on "powering out" of a stall. With adequate altitude and a CFI on board, try a power-off stall recovery by reducing AOA while your throttle remains at idle.


3) Practice A "Falling Leaf" Stall

The "falling leaf" maneuver is a series of full stalls where you never release back pressure. During the maneuver, your plane looks like a leaf slowly rolling and falling. Start the falling leaf by entering a full, power-off stall as normal. When the aircraft pitches down, continue to hold elevator back pressure and leave the power at idle. The aircraft pitches back up, stalls again, and pitches back down. Continue holding the back pressure until you've mastered the art of keeping the plane straight - or you near your minimum safe altitude. (Which should be at least 1,500 feet above the ground.)


4) There Are 7 Common Types Of Stalls To Practice

Various phases of flight and configurations will result in different types of stalls. It's important you recognize when you're approaching each kind, and how to recover safely. Click here to learn more about different stalls you should practice with an instructor.


What helped you perfect stall recoveries? Tell us in the comments below.

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Swayne Martin

Swayne Martin

Swayne is an editor at Boldmethod, certified flight instructor, and a First Officer on the Boeing 757/767 for a Major US Carrier. He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota in 2018, holds a PIC Type Rating for Cessna Citation Jets (CE-525), is a former pilot for Mokulele Airlines, and flew Embraer 145s at the beginning of his airline career. Swayne is an author of articles, quizzes and lists on Boldmethod every week. You can reach Swayne at, and follow his flying adventures on his YouTube Channel.

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