Here you can find some great information and resources on spins and stall/spin awareness in addition to the resources on my reading list.
Twelve Stall/Spin Myths Exposed by Rich Stowell. It’s amazing how these myths keep getting passed on. Don’t be part of the problem. Read this paper excerpted from the book, The Light Airplane Pilot’s Guide to Stall/Spin Awareness by Rich Stowell.
AC 61-67: Stall & Spin Awareness Training A good read for all airplane pilots. EVERY CFI Needs this in their box of CFI gouge. This AC also describes the use of parachutes when spinning better than the FAR does, although it could still be written better. Update: See the FAA interpretation on spins and parachutes (lower on this page).
Cessna Spin Manual Spin CHARACTERISTICS of CESSNA MODELS 150, A150, 152, A152, 172, R172 & 177. Great reference so a pilot or CFI can know what to expect when spinning one of these airplane models for the first time, along with other good information.
Cuckoo’s Guide to Stall-Spin Awareness Knowledge This is a list of questions I have come up with to ask pilot’s and discuss concerning stall/spin awareness knowledge. All pilots should be able to easily answer these questions, in my opinion. Sadly, this is often not the case.
ACCIDENT ANALYSIS – STALL/SPIN: ENTRY POINT FOR CRASH AND BURN? A very informative AOPA article on spins.
Flightlab Ground School, Ch 10. Spins A more in-depth paper on spin aerodynamics.
The Spin Debate – If spins can kill, why aren’t pilots trained to handle them? Air & Space Magazine article.
NASA Stall/Spin Research for light general aviation aircraft.
PARACHUTES NOT REQUIRED FOR SPIN TRAINING § 91.307(d)(2) of the FARs, which addresses parachute requirements is extremely vague in relation to spin training. Even AC 61-67, which better explains the requirement, is still not clear or often misinterpreted. This article by AOPA discusses the recent FAA Fitzpatrick-Spartan College interpretation which (hopefully) puts the issue to rest. In short, parachutes are not required for spin training given by a CFI.
The Panic Pull This is something regarding human performance every pilot should know about as it relates to spin avoidance and upset recovery. Read this AOPA article to learn about the panic pull.
Decathlon Spin Video Good video with interior and exterior views of a Decathlon spinning. A trained person can see and point out the spin characteristics of the Mighty D.
John King Spin video – King reviews the basics of stalls and spins. Provides a good basic understanding of spins. This is a good explanation for private pilots. Instructors you should be able to go beyond this level of knowledge if you want to understand spins more completely.
Reading List Check out the other spin related readings on my reading list.