38 April 2014
A FULL MOTION
By Walt Noon
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Flying a small Cessna 172 on a short trip
in Southern California, I experienced a radical
stall after encountering unexpected wind shear
conditions on approach to Riverside airport.
The little Cessna pitched hard to the left
side literally throwing me up against the door.
As I struggled to back off power and
neutralize controls, I realized I didn't have the
altitude to recover from the impending spin.
Despite it's normally docile nature, the
172 pitched violently nose down to the
ground, and with my hand clenching the yoke
and my knuckles turning white, we impacted
the ground head-on at nearly 120 knots.
Fortunately for me, the entire crash
happened in my garage in my own home-built,
full motion flight simulator I called the