Airplane Forward Slip to Landing

Written by Jack on May 31st, 2008
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Objective: To teach the pilot proper procedures and technique for performing a forward slip to a landing in order to lose excess altitude quickly.
Content: Before Flight:

  • What is a slip?
    • Occurs when bank angle too great for current rate of turn
    • Forward slip is one in which the airplane’s direction of motion continues the same as before the slip was begun
  • Useful in situations where obstacles must be cleared during approaches to confined areas
  • Can be used to rapidly reduce airspeed in situations where flaps cannot be used or are not installed
  • Slips cause large increases in drag. Why?
  • Practical slip limit
    • Point at which maximum rudder is used, slip cannot increase
  • Recovering form a slip
  • Slips may improve stall characteristics in some airplanes, however, normal instrument indications may be incorrect because of position error
    • Student should learn to recognize proper slip by attitude, sound of airflow, and feel of controls
  • What does the AFM/POH say about slips? (i.e. With flaps extended, etc)

During Flight:

  • Instructor demonstrates then student executes maneuver

See AFH C. 8-10

See AFH Figure 8-13

See specific aircraft AFM/POH

Note aircraft placards relating to slip limitations

Completion Standards: The lesson is complete when the instructor determines that the student understands the forward slip maneuver and its uses and can execute the procedure by giving an oral or written exam and by having the student perform the maneuver properly in flight.

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