April 2007 Issue

Takeoff Expectations

Apply full power at one end of the runway and the airplane should be airborne before the other. But do you have a plan for when the engine coughs?

The number of our landings must always equal our takeoffs, or so goes the old adage. But sometimes the safest way to ensure equality is to do neither. Unlike birds possessing the gift of flight and whose skills are instinctive, we have the hard-won gift of thought. We earn our skills through repetition and reason.

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