by Jonathan M. Stern
The hammerhead turn involves the beginning of a loop, except that the airplane is held in a nose-high attitude until it is near a stall. At that point, full left or right rudder is applied, causing the airplane to yaw from a nose-up to a nose-down attitude (see Figure 8.9).
Figure 8.9. All the top of the hammerhead turn, full rudder is used to make the airplane fall off to one side.
A smooth pullout is then made from the resulting dive. Follow these steps for entry:
- Turn off Auto Coordination from the Sim menu.
- Climb to 6,000 feet AGL or use the World/Set Exact Location menu to place the airplane at 6,000 feet.
- Establish cruise flight (flaps and gear retracted).
- Dive to accelerate the airplane to 180 knots.
- Smoothly apply up elevator until the elevator is 75 percent of the way up.
- Apply full throttle when you see nothing but sky in the windscreen.
- Use left or right view to maintain orientation.
- Maintain nose-up attitude by neutralizing elevator when wings are perpendicular to the horizon.
- At 80 knots, apply full left or right rudder.
- Select forward view.
- If the airplane tries to roll, neutralize roll with ailerons.
- When the airplane is headed straight down, neutralize flight controls.
- Set throttle at idle.
- Rapidly but smoothly apply up elevator.
For recovery, return to cruise flight.
Lesson: Aerobatic Category (Lesson 7)