Photo: Misty Lenkey

Foundations ~If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.

~Thoreau

Photo: Misty Lenkey

Self Control implies command of temper, command of feeling, coolness of judgement, and the power to restrain the imagination and curb the will. It means such thorough mastery over self as Robert Ainsworth, the lexicographer, possessed, who, when his wife in a fit of passion, committed his voluminous manuscript to the flames, calmly he turned to his desk, and recommenced his labors.

~W.H. Davenport Adams.

Avoiding Takeoff Emergencies

As that famous Swiss Cheese model reminds us, it’s often a host of small issues that go unnoticed that lead to a full-blown crisis in the cockpit. Before you push in that throttle, here are a few tips to ensure that your takeoff lead to smooth flights.

  • Don’t simply read the before-takeoff checklist-do the tasks!
  • Recheck that the tank chosen for takeoff contains sufficient fuel.
  • Check that the backup fuel pump is on if the aircraft requires it for take off.
  • Recheck that takeoff flaps are properly set.
  • How many inches of manifold pressure and/or what rpm should the engine deliver during the takeoff role?
  • Don’t accept an intersection departure that leaves valuable runway behind you.
  • Note the distance (in feet) of your upcoming ground roll.
  • Highlight the intersection where the aircraft should break ground.
  • If you’re not airborne by the highlighted, do you have enough remaining runway to stop?
  • Have you surveyed the area off the departure end of the runway for potential landing spots?
  • If you’ve never practiced making a 180-degree turn after a loss of power, don’t make today the day to try one.
  • If you’re forced into an off airport landing your job is to protect the people on board-the airplane’s insured.

Source Flying Magazine April May 2021