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By Al Alwin
FAASTeam Safety Representative 

Well-Executed Takeoffs Require Planning

 


“Nice landing.” We sometimes hear that from passengers or fellow pilots after we greased it in with a gusty cross-wind, or pasted the mains on the numbers and made the first turnoff.

However, when is the last time someone complimented you on your takeoff? Probably never. Like Rodney Dangerfield, takeoffs “get no respect.”

This is unfortunate, because a well-executed takeoff requires good planning and technique to gracefully transition an aircraft from a gangly ground machine to a graceful air vehicle.

When comparing the effect the wind has on takeoff vs. landing, one must consider...



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