Ex 8. Descending


To enter and maintain a steady glide-descent, then at a predetermined altitude,to return to level flight or climb. Also to enter and maintain a steady cruise-descent.


  • Lookout
  • Selection of clear airspace
  • Altimeter setting procedure
  • Regular application of power to ensure warm engine and clear plugs
  • Awareness of blind spots

Glide descent:

  • Control of airspeed
  • Speed for maximum glide range
  • Speed for minimum sink
  • Rate of descent/Angle of descent
  • Use of flaps (if applicable)
  • Use of airbrakes (if applicable)
  • Use of spoilers (if applicable)
  • Use of tip draggers (if applicable)

Entry to the descent:

  • Coordination of power and attitude control. AHPT/ PAHT (depending on type)

Levelling off

  • Power and attitude together

Effect of flap (where applicable):

  • Effect on attitude and airspeed
  • Control of angle of descent with constant airspeed
  • Descent-to-climb-on-full-flap procedure

Powered descent:

  • Relationship between power and airspeed
  • Control of rate of descent
  • Control of angle of descent using visual reference point (as on final approach)

Cruise descent:

  • Uses


  • Method of losing height