flat spin

A spin in which the aircraft longitudinal axis remains at less than 45° below the horizontal. A flat spin is a stabilized spin. The farther back the center of gravity and the more the masses that are distributed along the length of the fuselage, the flatter and faster the spin tends to become and the more difficult it is to recover. This is because it is difficult to reduce the angle of attack to unstall the aircraft even with full application of the elevator control.

Aviation dictionary. 2014.

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  • flat spin — noun 1. : a spin in which the longitudinal axis of an airplane inclines downward at a smaller angle than 45 degrees 2. slang : a state of mental confusion * * * flat spin noun 1. Rotation in a horizontal plane about a vertical axis 2. Confused… …   Useful english dictionary

  • flat spin — /flæt ˈspɪn/ (say flat spin) noun 1. Aeronautics the descent of an aircraft in a spiral, with the fuselage more or less horizontal, often becoming uncontrollable. 2. Colloquial a state of great confusion. {originally World War I airmen s slang} …   Australian English dictionary

  • flat spin — UK / US noun [singular] British informal if you are in a flat spin, you are confused and unable to behave in a sensible way …   English dictionary

  • flat spin — 1》 a spin in which an aircraft descends in tight circles while remaining horizontal. 2》 Brit. informal a state of agitation. → spin …   English new terms dictionary

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  • in a flat spin — (Brit. informal).See agitated. → spin …   Useful english dictionary

  • in a flat spin — in trouble …   English contemporary dictionary

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