Learning Experiences

December 2009 Issue

Sumpin's Up

Itís dusk as I taxi onto the runway. The winds were calm and weather unremarkable for this nice summer evening. As the takeoff roll begins, so do my checks. Gauges green. Ambient sounds were normal but just a little slower acceleration than usualópossibly due to the higher density altitude. Slight back pressure and she lifts off normally. Climbing through 300 feet agl with a safe airspeed, I retract the flaps. I keep the gear down since I havenít reached a safe altitude, as my instructor taught me.

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