Forward Slips to Landing
A Quick Note on Slips:
- In a forward slip, your puropse is to hang as much fuselage in the breeze as possible to create drag and bleed energy. You start by the application of full rudder and then add enough opposite aileron to keep your desired track.
- With a sideslip, your purpose is to fly the airplane on (and aligned with) centerline in a crosswind. You first apply enough aileron to offset the crosswind, then you apply the required rudder to keep the fuselage aligned with centerline. Basically in this maneuver, ailerons keep you over the centerline and rudder lines you up with the centerline.
- From talking to examiners, other instructors and even consulting FAA handbooks, I have gathered that a slip is a slip and once established, aerodynamically both a side and forward slip are the same- the difference lies in the application and initial set up.
OBJECTIVE:To develop the pilot’s skill and knowledge of forward slips.
THINGS TO REMEMBER
Procedures for Performing a Slip
- Start at the recommended approach speed for the aircraft
- Add full rudder
- Control track with aileron input
- Use pitch to control airspeed
- To recover fron the slip condition, reduce rudder, aileron and elevator pressure as required to come back to the desired flight state