Exercise 15 – Slipping

In this lesson, you will also practice different types of slips, their entry procedures and recovery procedures.

Planned Activities

• Exercises 15, maybe 14

Reference Material



• Pilot Operating Handbook


• Review exercises in FTM to understand different types of slips.

• Review the airspace around the airport using your VTA/VNC.

• Be able to answer the following questions:

1) What is a side slip and what is it used for?

2) How would you decide whether to Forward Slip to the left or right side?

3) The wind is from the left. What would you do if you found yourself drifting to the left while attempting to side slip?

4) What would you do if the nose of the aircraft was to the left of your target point in the above mentioned scenario?

5) What is a Forward slip and what is it used for?

6) What power setting is normally used during a forward slip?

7) What airspeed errors do you expect during a forward slip and why?

8) Give an example of when a slipping turn may be used.

9) Why are skids bad? Why are skids good?

• Write down your questions!

Tips/Rules of Thumb/Theory

• Side slip is normally used during crosswind landing to counteract the drift.

• The amount of side slip required will vary with the wind speed and direction. Thus the amount of aileron and rudder input used will have to be adjusted.

• The nose of the aircraft is pointed away from wind during forward slip.

• The longitudinal axis of the aircraft is parallel to the desired path during side slips but is at an angle to the desired flight path in a forward slip.

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