February 2001 Issue

Moment of Truth

The skill required for takeoff is often shortchanged, but the risk is high

Editor’s Note: The December 2000 issue featured a discussion of the planning and decision factors necessary for a safe takeoff. Here, we’ll look at gauging and using the proper technique.

Takeoff is the moment of truth when the pilot is called upon to apply his or her aeronautical knowledge and exhibit the right flying skills. The skill level of a pilot depends on recency of experience, practice and the performance standards of the pilot or instructor. In short, knowing what to do is not adequate if you are unable to perform properly.

Determining your aircraft’s takeoff performance is the intellectual side of the start to your flight. The other side is deciding what typ...

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