May 2018 Issue

Gust Front

Even if conditions appear calm at the airport, taking off as a thunderstorm approaches is a really bad idea.

There are many old sayings sprinkled throughout aviation. One of them, “There’s no such thing as an emergency takeoff,” highlights the fact that deciding to initiate a flight is optional. As pilots, we get to decide many elements of our takeoffs, including whether to perform one in the first place. This is important since there are many unknowns in the first few minutes after a takeoff.

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