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The Council on Unusual Attitude Training & Education, created by flight instructors who specialize in stall/spin/upset training and aerobatics, has two mission statements:

  • To provide guidance on unusual attitude training techniques and acceptable practices.
  • To address common misconceptions about unusual attitude aerodynamics and unusual attitude training.

From AVweb and IFR Magazine:
Are you ready for an engine failure in the pattern, a jammed flight control in IMC, or stopping an incipient spin in its tracks? IFR Magazine's Jeff Van West talks with aerobatic training pilot Rich Stowell about how average pilots can be ready for the unexpected. Click here to listen to the podcast (9.4 MB, 10:14).

Incipient Spin

“The primary reason proponents advocate, and pilots seek out, additional stall and spin training is—surprise!—spin prevention. The advertised objective of spin training is to expand a pilot’s knowledge, experience, and skill set to prevent an inadvertent spin departure in the first place.” — Rich Stowell

This website also links to providers of stall/spin/upset training and serves as a information clearinghouse for instructors, pilots, and students.

Use the navigation bar at left to:

  • Learn more about the definition and purpose of stall/spin/upset training for general aviation pilots.
  • Find answers to common questions about stall/spin/upset training.
  • Contact CUATE-member instructors who provide stall/spin/upset training.
  • Find links to (mostly free) information about stalls, spins, and related phenomena.

The CUATE website is intended to be a learning tool for spin, emergency maneuver, and aerobatic training, as well as other aviation topics. The information referenced herein is as accurate, complete, and authoritative as possible. However, there may be errors and omissions, both typographical and in content.

The information found at this site should be used as a general guide only and not as the ultimate source of aeronautical principles or procedures. This site is designed to complement and supplement aviation publications and formal flight instruction.

Stalls, spins, inverted, and other unusual attitudes, whether intentional or unintentional, may be life threatening. The information presented herein is not a substitute for actual flight training or for proficiency in the maneuvers and techniques described. CUATE members strongly recommend that you receive hands-on flight training only from certified flight instructors experienced in the procedures and programs outlined herein, using only approved, well maintained, and properly loaded airplanes with appropriate safety equipment, including parachutes when appropriate, before attempting any maneuvers referenced at this site.

The members of CUATE shall not be liable or responsible to any person or entity with respect to any loss or damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by the information presented here. The information herein shall not be used in place of either common sense or the exercise of good judgment.

As stated in the Federal Aviation Regulations, Part 91, Section 91.3, Paragraph (a): The pilot in command of an aircraft is directly responsible for, and is the final authority as to, the operation of that aircraft.