sportflugzeug wrote:Thank you. I guess the confusing part for power off is when I come in for landing, I add 15 flaps past ABeam, 30 flaps on Base, 50 flaps on Final. That takes a while. But for a power off stall maneuver, it’s done right now. So do I just go from 0 to 50 or are there a series of steps.
Interesting to hear of the 15 degrees of flap abeam the numbers. I was taught to have 15 degrees of flap downwind and STABILIZE the aircraft at 65 knots and maintain altitude, then turn base and add flaps as needed (usually 30 degrees), and all flaps on final (provided it’s not windy. If it is windy, then a no-flap landing.)
The reason I capitalized “stabilized” is that my CFI drilled that into my head. Winds and gusts will move you around, but you should have command of the aircraft and be able to maintain speed and approach. If you turn too short a final and make too many changes at one time (or in short succession, such as adding flaps quickly) it will increase your workload and you’ll be busy trying to maintain speed, glide angle and alignment with the runway.
I might suggest trying to extend your downwind a little so that you have more time on final to maintain speed and add flaps. Better to be a little high and slip it in than to be low and drag the airplane in under power. Oh, and a “go around” is always an option.
Don’t be discouraged... hang in there as it is all experiential. You’ll encounter more updraft and winds in the afternoon than morning, but good to experience it all as these will help build your confidence in flight.