Angle of Attack Awareness

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FAA news release on streamlining the AOA installation process for small aircraft:


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General Aviation Joint Steering Committee
Outreach Guidance Document


This outreach guidance is provided to all FAA and aviation industry groups that are participating in outreach efforts sponsored by the General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC).  It is important that all outreach on a given topic is coordinated and is free of conflicts.  Therefore, all outreach products should be in alignment with the outline and concepts listed below for this topic.


Outreach Month:  April 2022


Topic: Angle of Attack

The FAA and industry will conduct a public education campaign emphasizing the value of equipage with angle of attack indicators and stall awareness training with and without angle of attack indicators. 



Stalls and spins still account for many general aviation accidents.  The GAJSC feels that increased stall awareness training and the use of angle of attack indicators would significantly reduce the number of stall/spin accidents.


Teaching Points:

  • Wings stall when the critical angle of attack is exceeded.
  • Airspeed indicators and stall warning systems are useful but imprecise ways of alerting pilots to impending stall conditions.
  • The use of angle of attack indicators not only gives pilots precise knowledge of impending stall conditions but also provides guidance for the most efficient approch and climb angles of attack.
  • General aviation aircraft owners should consider retrofitting angle of attack indicators.
  • Regular proficiency training and practice in stall awareness and stall recovery, with or without angle of attack indicators, is essential to preventing stall/spin accidents.