Secondary Stalls


  • This stall is called a secondary stall since it may occur after a recovery from a preceding stall
  • Secondary stalls are caused by attempting to hasten the completion of a stall recovery before the airplane has regained sufficient flying speed
    • It also occurs when the pilot fails to reduce the angle of attack sufficiently during stall recovery by not lowering pitch attitude sufficiently, or by attempting to break the stall by using power only
  • When this stall occurs, the back-elevator pressure should again be released just as in a normal stall recovery
  • When sufficient airspeed has been regained, the airplane can then be returned to straight-and-level flight

Stall Avoidance

  • Avoid flying at minimum airspeeds
  • Remain in the normal flight envelope
  • Avoid abrupt maneuvers

Airplane Flying Handbook, Figure 4-7. Secondary Stall
Figure 1: Airplane Flying Handbook, Secondary Stall

Practical Test Standards:


  • It is important to note that individual aircraft may have stall characteristics unique to them due to bends/twists which develop in the airframe over time depending on their use