When I learned to fly in the 1960s, the instructors—quite routinely and, of course, without warning—threw us some nasty tricks such as switching off the engine and asking us to land wherever possible down to a few feet above a hastily found half-suitable field, putting us in deep stall, or in a spin with engine off. The command to the trainee flying was: “It's up to you, mate.” And all that, of course, occurred in flight, not in a simulator. I am truly curious: Does this sort of ...


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