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Rate Climbs and Descents
1. Climbs at a Definite (Indicated) Rate
a. While maintaining straight-and-level flight, change to climb airspeed.2. Level-Off from a Climb at a Definite (Indicated) Rate.
Follow the same procedure that was described previously for level-off from a constant airspeed climb.
3. Descents at a Definite (Indicated) Rate
a. Enter a descent from an exact altitude and descending airspeed.4. Level-Off from a Descent at a Definite (Indicated) Rate.
Follow the same procedure that has been described previously for level-off from constant airspeed descents.
5. Student Practice - Make climbs and descents at a definite indicated rate.
6. Calibration of the Vertical-Speed Indicator
a. Establish a climb or descent at a 500-foot per minute indicated rate.7. Student Practice - Calibrate the vertical-speed indicator during both climbs and descents.
8. Climbs at a Definite (Absolute) Rate
a. Establish climbing airspeed.9. Level-Off from a Climb at a Definite (Absolute) Rate.
Follow the same procedures that were described previously for level-off from a constant airspeed climb.
10. Student Practice - Make climbs and descents at a definite absolute rate.
Vertical S, S-1, and S-2
1. Vertical S - This maneuver is a series of climbs and descents at a definite indicated rate.
a. Climbing or descending airspeed should be established prior to entry.2. Vertical S-1 - This maneuver is a combination of the vertical "S" and a standard rate turn.
a. Enter in the same manner as a climbing or descending turn.3. Vertical S-2 - This maneuver differs from the Vertical S-1 in that the direction of turn is reversed with each reversal of vertical direction.
4. Student Practice - Perform Vertical S, S-1, and S-2:
a. With all available instruments.
b. Without the attitude indicator.