June 2017 Issue

Coming Up Short

Pilots need to perform honest takeoff performance assessments when operating from marginal runways.

These pages often have admonished readers to become more serious about takeoffs. The reasons are many, but at the risk of repetition can include environmental conditions, partial power failures, improper recent maintenance and just plain old lousy technique. Put another way, there’s always a question of whether the airplane will perform as expected and whether our pre-takeoff planning—such as it may be—will be adequate. Add some complacency into the mix and the results can surprise even experienced pilots.

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