Stall practice?

  • I'm looking to educate myself a bit on power on/off stalls - not for real-world flying, just for fun 🙂

    The Piper 28 Arrow is my new go-to GA aircraft, and I love to fly it. Has anyone done stall practice in it, and would you recommend it for this? I'm curious to know how close to reality (as a sim can get) its stall characteristics are.

  • @theissondergaard, There are a lot of good YouTube videos of stall practice in both the real world aircraft and in this simulated one...

  • @RetiredMan93231 Thanks, yes, Youtube is wonderful 🙂

    I was also just wondering about this model's behavior, compared to other aircraft in the sim - are the stall characteristics of the JF Piper as good/bad/better than other aircraft I could also use?

  • @theissondergaard, This aircraft is designed to stall very gently, without the wing suddenly falling off on one side, like some other aircraft. The only way to really tell it that it actually stalled is by the stall horn and the large decrease on the V/S gauge. Based on the videos I've seen made by actual Arrow III pilots, the stall behavior of this model is very close to the real aircraft.

  • Thanks! Great info!

  • Simple power on and power off stalls are very docile events in an Arrow. The only time I practice them is for biennial flight checks. I have aileron, flap, and stabilator gap seals so my low speed handling is a tad better than stock. With full power on stalls, its hard to get the plane to stall to the point where the nose drops sharply. It just kind "mushes" through the air and hangs on the prop slowly climbing until you pull the yoke to your lap (assuming you keep the wings level with quick rudder inputs). Power off stalls are a bit easier get the nose to drop during the stall without excessive inputs assuming you are doing them with full flaps and gear down. I've had instructors who like to maintain level flight and then reduce power while holding altitude and I've also been asked to setup a 500 f/m descent and then pull the nose up as though I was flaring until you induce a stall. In either case, the power off stalls are performed with full flaps and gear down. Try to keep altitude lost to less than 100 ft and heading within 20 degrees.