SAFO 10012 titled Possible Misinterpretation of the Practical Test Standards (PTS) Language "Minimal Loss of Altitude" dated July 6, 2010.
Purpose: To clarify the meaning of the approaches to stall evaluation criteria as it relates to "minimal loss of altitude" in the Airline Transport Pilot PTS.
Discussion: A recent survey of stall/stick pusher training programs revealed some inconsistencies in the practical application of the term "minimal loss of altitude". Specifically, some programs inappropriately stress maintaining altitude during recovery or have arbitrarily assigned a predetermined value (in feet) as an evaluation criteria.
The term "minimal loss of altitude" was intended to take into account the many variables which could affect the amount of altitude loss encountered in a smooth recovery from an approach to stall. These variables may include, but are not limited to:
Recommended Action: Directors of Operations, Directors of Training, Training Center Managers, Check Pilots, Training Pilots, and flightcrews should be familiar with the content of this SAFO. They should work together to ensure that the content of this SAFO is provided to pilots during ground training, reinforced in flight training, and proficiency checks.
Contact: Questions or comments concerning this SAFO should be addressed to Robert Burke, Air Carrier Training Branch, AFS-210, via email at Robert.Burke@Faa.gov or via phone at (202) 267-8262.
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