Just took the ASF Spatial Disorientation seminar, which was very good. Got into a discussion about graveyard (JFK Jr.) spiral.
Got into a discussion with my friend about the different symptoms and resolution of a spin versus a spiral. My take is that on a spiral airspeed would be very fast, whereas on a spin it would likely be slow and the plane would be in a stall. I’d also think that with a spiral you would use ailerons to level the plane, whereas with a spin you would use rudder.
However, AOPA’s December “Never Again” (on web site) pilot talks about spin with what I would think to be spiral symptons. He used rudder to recover and lived to share his experience. Presumably, AOPA editors review these articles for correct input. Looked at Cirrus POH, and they talk about “spin/spiral,” and suggest using rudder.
This could well be one of the multitude of cases where I thought I knew it all and maybe didn’t.
Interested in any thoughts from this group.