flat spin


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flat spin

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1. (Aeronautics) an aircraft spin in which the longitudinal axis is more nearly horizontal than vertical
2. informal a state of confusion; dither
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ST ANDREWS (5.05) was given a flat spin at Newcastle to sharpen up 24 days ago and can give him a winner for trainer Gillian Boanas.
Airshow pilot Spencer Suderman had a fairly straightforward goal: He wanted to break the record for the number of turns in an inverted flat spin. That meant climbing as high as possible to enter the spin.
That was the why the spin tunnel was built - to study aircraft stall and spin characteristics with the aim of preventing deadly tailspin accidents - the worst of which is the "flat spin" in which the plane whirls to the ground out of control sort of like a maple seed pod.
Loading an airplane with an aft CG predisposes it to a flat spin, which may be unrecoverable.
Based on his experience, however, he said the most likely scenario for a small multi-engine plane like the DIAMOND DA42 was that the critical motor had malfunctioned, sending the plane into a flat spin, which is nearly impossible to recover from, even for experienced pilots.
Wife Shelagh, who bought his first lesson for his 50th birthday, said: "The crash sent me into a flat spin. Gliding gave him a lot of fun over the years but that was my worst nightmare."
Our elected and unelected representatives are in a flat spin because there are no rules against this in our Scottish democratic institution.
An emergencies services source earlier told Interfax that a sport plane crashed and broke apart as it was near the end of a flat spin maneuver.
It may be because it implicated one of the UK's largest and most successful retailers; or because the prospect of accidentally consuming horse meat sends some people on these islands into a flat spin; but I suspect it comes down in a large part to one word - "Trust."
According to the Herald Sun, Baumgartner also spoke of some of the problems he encountered during the record-breaking jump, including fogging on his helmet visor, which coud have aborted the mission and a flat spin as he fell.
The news would be enough to send anyone into a flat spin but Natalie, 27, stayed remarkably calm.
The aircraft rolled over in an inverted flat spin and then broke in half amidships.