Learning Experiences

May 2003 Issue

Controlled Chaos

“We were both halfway down our respective runways and were headed for a mid-air collision where the runways intersect.”

While at a tower-controlled airport that has intersecting runway, I was having my student practice touch and goes. After about five, we were on crosswind and told the tower we wanted to depart the airport to the southeast after this landing.

We were cleared for the touch and go while on downwind, and the tower told us to keep our pattern tight. We acknowledged and started our base turn and then turned to final. The student proceeded to bring the airplane down to the runway. After the wheels were on the ground and the airplane was stable, he retracted the flaps and added full power for the takeoff. I was watching the climb angle, the field ahead and the airspeed as we started the climb ou...

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