Tuesday Nov 14, 2023

Understanding Slips and Skids w/Mark King and Brian Schiff

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Cross controlled: what does that really mean? Skidded turns: what really happens and how do we avoid them? When can a slip be a life-saving maneuver? I’ve stalled in a slip: “What now?”

Can we turn in a slip? How can I control speed in a slip? What’s different between a forward slip and a side slip? What about slipping with flaps? Join Mark and Brian as they dig into these questions and separate fact from fiction.


Mark King is a full-time flight instructor at a well-known Southern California flight school, CP Aviation in Santa Paula. Over 3000 of his 8000 hours of dual given have been devoted to emergency maneuver training (UPRT), tailwheel, and aerobatics. He holds an FAA Gold Seal flight instructor certificate with single, multi, and instrument ratings and Master CFI (Aerobatic) designation.

Mark has extensive Alaska flying experience, has provided training for Federal, State, and County agencies in UPRT, and has taught UPRT and aerobatics in Europe. Mark is also a Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot (CSIP) and an active member of the International Aerobatic Club and participates in competitive aerobatics in a Pitts S2B and flies a Beech Bonanza and a Cessna 140 for pleasure.


Brian Schiff is a major airline captain. Schiff’s roots are deeply planted in general aviation where he has flown a wide variety of aircraft (97 types). His total flying time exceeds 20,000 hours. He is on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) and is a 35-year Gold Seal flight instructor and FAA Safety Team Representative.

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