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Feature Article: Short, Soft, and Rough Takeoff
Use the recommended flap setting either prior to takeoff or
after reaching 30-40 knots. The idea is to get clear of the ground
as soon as possible and utilize the reduced induced drag by staying
as close to the ground as possible until reaching Vx or Vy as
This is takeoff is like a combination dinner order. A bit of
everything and not too much of anything. We may compromise on
the amount of flaps used, we compromise on how high to hold the
nose, and we compromise the performance figures between Vx and
Vy and everywhere else. It is worth noting that loading to the
rear C.G. limit will get us into the air sooner but with a compromise
in control sensitivity. If an obstacle is present blend your combination
toward short field performance.
Once airborne fly direct to the obstacle. If you are above the
best angle of climb speed you can then fly Vx with some assurance
of passing above the obstacle. Visually, if you can see more and
more of terrain over the top of the obstacle you are higher than
the obstacle. If not Vx chop it and drop it. Given two poor choices,
it is better to hit something on the ground while slowing down
that anything while flying.
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