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Teachable Moment - Rich Stowell Brings Us the Hammerspin

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Fareed Guyot
Young Eagles Pilot or VolunteerAirVenture Volunteer
#1 Posted: 5/14/2010 09:38:32 Modified: 5/14/2010 09:39:49

In the May issue of Sport Aerobatics Magazine, Master Aerobatic Instructor Rich Stowell writes about a particularly nasty spin that may be encountered during an improperly executed hammerhead turn. Sometimes referred to as a hammerspin, Rich produced a video to demonstrate how such spins are encountered, but more importantly, how to recover from them.



Join Rich Stowell in the cockpit of his Pitts as he demonstrates upright and inverted spins from poorly executed hammerhead turns.

During his 8,700 hours and over 37,000 spins to date, Rich has become an expert in the world of upset and aerobatics instruction. He has authored two books, Emergency Maneuver Training and Stall/Spin Awareness. You can learn more about Rich by visiting his website at www.RichStowell.com.



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Peter Zabriskie
Young Eagles Pilot or VolunteerHomebuilder or Craftsman
#2 Posted: 5/20/2010 11:33:45

Thank you Rich very much for this breathtaking video. I would hope never to get into such a situation on my own, and not even sure I would be very happy with a qualified instructor, but what a good feeling it is to actually see what the world looks like upside down and spinning and know there is a way out alive. God Bless. Pete Zabriskie EAA Chap650 KBMG.

Cheers, Pete
Paul Logue
#3 Posted: 5/20/2010 19:50:04

Rich's books and videos are always interesting and educational.

In this video, it would have been more helpful to have the camera eventually pointing over the nose.  Once you are spinning, it is natural to look over the nose for clues as to which direction the airplane is spinning.  In this video, he knows which way, but in real life, the pilot of the accident spin may not know which way he is spinning and will begin guessing.  This is the danger of the accidental spin.


Paul Logue

Brooksville, Fl

IAC 1247