How to Enter and Recover from a Spiral Dive in a Cessna 150

This is an example of how to enter and safely recover from a spiral dive in a Cessna 150. A spiral dive is more or less a steep turn gone wrong.


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    To enter a spiral dive, perform a steep turn (more than 30 degrees angle of banks) and don't hold the nose up let it drop.
    • You will notice an increasing high airspeed and will have aileron control unlike in a spin or stall.
    • Once recognized it is not difficult to recover from the dive.
  2. 2
    Once in the spiral dive pull the throttle back to idle.
  3. 3
    Stop the turn by using coordinated aileron and level the wings until you are level with the horizon.
  4. 4
    Slowly apply back pressure easing out of the dive.
  5. 5
    Pull the carb heat hot.
    • Carb heat is located to the left of the throttle.
  6. 6
    At a safe airspeed (70KIAS), apply power as required.
    • Carb heat goes cold again.
    • Back to cruise altitude and RPM setting.


  • Learn to recognize the the symptoms of a spiral dive so you can react quicker if you do need to recover safely from one.
  • Do not panic, try to stay calm and recover as safely as you can.


  • Spiral dives are very dangerous and should not be performed without an instructor or just for fun.

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