Video: practicing spins


Spins are not a required maneuver for the private pilot certificate, but if you’re planning on earning a flight instructor certificate you’ll have to perform them for the checkride. As this video shows, that doesn’t have to be a scary experience – in fact, spins are a lot of fun. Ride along with an instructor from the Patty Wagstaff Aerobatic School as he demonstrates spin recovery in an Extra 300.

Stay tuned for a complete aerobatics course from Sporty’s and Patty Wagstaff.

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Coming from an aviation family, John grew up in the back of small airplanes and learned to fly as a teenager. Ever since, he has been hooked on anything with wings and regularly flies a Citabria, a Pilatus PC-12 and a Robinson R44 helicopter. He is an ATP and also holds ratings for multiengine, seaplanes, gliders, and helicopters. In addition to being Editor-in-Chief of Air Facts, John is a Vice President at Sporty’s Pilot Shop, responsible for new product development and marketing.


  1. One does not have to demonstrate spins on the flight instructor check ride. One does have to have an endorsement that the pilot has had the training and is able to teach spin avoidance and recovery.

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