Constant Airspeed Climbs
Lesson Plan

Introduction:

  • To determine that the applicant exhibits satisfactory knowledge, risk management, and skills associated with attitude instrument flying during constant airspeed climbs solely by reference to instruments
  • References: FAA-S-ACS-6, FAA-H-8083-2, FAA-H-8083-3, FAA-H-8083-15

Attention:

  • Research a case study
  • Discuss how the initial conditions developed into an incident/accident/mishap
  • Relate similar personal experience of the same type of incident/accident/mishap

Motivator:

Overview:

Topic:
Time:
Introduction:
0:05
Constant Airspeed Climbs:
0:15
Review (quiz):
0:05
Case Studies:
0:05
Total Ground Time:
0:30

Required Materials:

  • Paper, Pen, Marker, Whiteboard

Instructor Actions:

Student Actions:

Private Pilot - Constant Airspeed Climbs Airman Certification Standards:

  • To determine that the applicant exhibits satisfactory knowledge, risk management, and skills associated with attitude instrument flying during constant airspeed climbs solely by reference to instruments
  • References: FAA-S-ACS-6, FAA-H-8083-2, FAA-H-8083-3, FAA-H-8083-15

Constant Airspeed Climbs Knowledge:

The applicant demonstrates understanding of:
  • PA.VIII.B.K1:

    Flight instruments as related to:
    • PA.VIII.B.K1a:
      Sensitivity, limitations, and potential errors in unusual attitudes
    • PA.VIII.B.K1b:
      Correlation (pitch instruments/bank instruments)
    • PA.VIII.B.K1c:
      Function and operation
    • PA.VIII.B.K1d:
      Proper instrument cross-check techniques

Constant Airspeed Climbs Risk Management:

The applicant is able to identify, assess, and mitigate risk associated with:
  • PA.VIII.B.R1:

    Instrument flying hazards to include failure to maintain VFR, spatial disorientation, loss of control, fatigue, stress, and emergency off airport landings
  • PA.VIII.B.R2:

    Failure to seek assistance or declare an emergency in a deteriorating situation
  • PA.VIII.B.R3:

    Collision hazards, to include aircraft, terrain, obstacles, and wires
  • PA.VIII.B.R4:

    Distractions, task prioritization, loss of situational awareness, or disorientation

Constant Airspeed Climbs Skills:

The applicant exhibits the skill to:
  • PA.VIII.B.S1:

    Transition to the climb pitch attitude and power setting on an assigned heading using proper instrument cross-check and interpretation, and coordinated flight control application
  • PA.VIII.B.S2:

    Climb at a constant airspeed to specific altitudes in straight flight and turns
  • PA.VIII.B.S3:

    Maintain altitude ±200 feet, heading ±20°, and airspeed ±10 knots

References:

  • Airman Certification Standards
  • 14 CFR parts 39, 43, 91
  • FAA (FAA-H-8083-2) Risk Management Handbook
  • FAA (FAA-H-8083-25) Pilot Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge
  • Aeronautical Information Manual
  • Navigation Charts
  • U.S. Chart Supplements
  • Aeronautical Information Manual
  • Notice to Airman