Advanced Pilot Programs

FS Techniques - Recovering from a Bad Attitude

by Ed Turner Jr

Last Updated: March 14, 2006


PART 1: RECOVERING FROM A BAD ATTITUDE

When an aircraft gets into a bank of  over 45 degrees, an unusual attitude can be experienced and causes a nose-high attitude with decreasing airspeed, or a nose-low attitude with increasing airspeed.  They usually are caused when you aren’t paying  very close attention to  Flight Simulator. Unusual attitudes occur during both IMC (Instrument Meteorological Conditions) and VMC (Visual Meteorological Conditions), but are much harder to correct during IMC. 

Practicing flying at unusual attitudes can improve your reaction time when making movements that will overstress the aircraft. Activate aircraft receives damage from stress option to accurately gauge how well you handle the aircraft.

The following procedures can help you tackle unusual attitudes. If the nose is low and your airspeed is rapidly increasing, you should reduce the power, level the wings, apply speedbrakes (if your airliner has them) and smoothly raise the nose. Don’t try to level the nose before leveling the wings. Otherwise, you could quickly overstress the aircraft. After you get the aircraft under control, recover to cruise flight by adding power retracting the speedbrakes and climbing back to your original altitude. If you are trying this partial panel, use the TC to level the wings.

Lets say you’ve put the aircraft in a steep left descending turn. First press F1, or cut the throttle on your yoke to reduce the power. Next use keyboard 5 to center the wings, or simply maintain yoke forward and straight, without turning left or right. Once the wings are level, use your keyboard, joystick or yoke to raise the nose to level flight and transition back to flight level.

Conversely, lets say the aircraft is nose-high and the airspeed is rapidly decreasing. You should add full power, F4 and roll (bank) the airliner 30 degree to avoid a stall. Next level the wings keyboard 5 and recover back to straight and level flight. The airliner is rolled (banked) to avoid passengers from being thrown to the roof of the airliner when recovering from this unusual attitude.


Test Yourself

 

Q&A for Bad Attitude

 

  1. An aircraft gets into a bank of over 45’; an unusual attitude can be experienced and will cause a nose-high attitude with increasing airspeed.

                  A True

                  B False

     

  1. Unusual attitudes are caused by:

A)     Not paying attention to flight simulator.

B)    A nose-low attitude with increasing airspeed.

C)    A nose-high attitude with increasing airspeed.

D)    A&B above.

   

  1. What can a pilot do to improve reaction time when making movements that will overstress the aircraft?

A)    Fly IMC.

B)    Fly VMC

C)    Practice flying at unusual attitudes.

 

  1. If the nose is low and your airspeed is rapidly increasing, you should:

A)    Reduce the power and raise the nose.

B)    Level the wings and apply the speed brakes.

C)    Reduce power, level the wings, apply the speed brakes (if your airliner has them), and smoothly raise the nose.

    

  1. Always level the nose before leveling the wings:

A)    True

B)    False

 

 

  1. When following procedures to recover to cruise flight in partial panel, what should you use?

A)    HIS

B)    TLC

C)    TC

 

 

  1. You’ve put the aircraft in a steep left descending turn, you first use keyboard 5 to center the wings:

A)    True

B)    False

 

  1. After pressing F1, you should:

A)    Cut the throttle on your yoke.

B)    Maintain yoke forward and straight.

C)    Turn left or right.

 

  1. Before the wings are leveled, use your keyboard, joystick or yoke to raise the nose.

A)    True

B)    False

 

  1. When should you roll (bank) the aircraft 30 degrees to avoid a stall?

A)    To avoid passengers from being thrown to the roof of the airliner.

B)    After you decrease power F4.

C)    When the aircraft is nose-high with decreasing airspeed.

D)    A&C above  

 

 

 Answers:

1-B  2-D  3-C  4-C  5-B  6-C  7-B  8-B  9-B  10-D



NOT TO BE USED IN REAL WORLD FLIGHT. NO PARTS OF THIS ARTICLE MAY BE REPRINTED WITHOUT THE WRITTEN PERMISSION OF THE AUTHOR.

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