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Task: Slow flight


To determine that the candidate is capable of; 

(a) Controlling the aircraft at a minimum of 1.2 Vs in various configurations whilst;

  1. Maintaining straight and level flight at a nominated altitude ± 100 feet.
  2. Turning at (up to) 20 degrees angle of bank maintaining a nominated altitude ± 100 feet.
  3. Re-establishing normal cruise.


The examiner/instructor will; 

(a) Nominate the altitude at which level flight will be maintained.

(b) Nominate the airspeed to be maintained (not less than 1.2 Vs for the configuration to be used).

(c) Require a change of direction from an established level turn to the opposite direction using a maximum of 20 degrees angle of bank.

(d) Place emphasis on the candidate’s maintenance of altitude, heading and balance control (as applicable).

(e) Ensure the aircraft is trimmed for straight and level flight.

(f) Require the candidate to re-establish normal cruise.

(g) Make allowance for fluctuations due to turbulence (but not excessively so).