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Old Sep 06, 2012, 02:09 PM
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I have been watching a few friends, who have trouble with 'the dreaded downwind turn', and they seem to climb a little during the turn, climbing into faster tailwind, thereby losing airspeed. (The the bad side of the wind gradient.)
By letting the plane sink a bit during the turn, they would increase the airspeed, because of entering a slower tailwind. (The good side of the wind gradient).

Look around, please, and see, if that could be a factor in downwind stalls. (They are actually doing a sort of opposite dynamic soaring).
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