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It was to the relief of both Andy and me that we
had already practiced this maneuver before his
solo. Even though it wasn't explicitly required by
the regulations, I had felt it prudent to review it,
and prudence had paid off.
After clearing the runway, I radioed Andy and
asked what had happened. He calmly replied,
"Mike, something just didn't feel right. I had a
feeling that I didn't set my trim properly. But
either way I thought it was safest to stop then
run the checklist again just to be sure." There
may not have been anything that Andy missed,
but I applauded him anyway. He listened to his
instincts and, with the confidence of knowing
how to safely reject a takeoff, he erred on the
side of caution-setting an example of great
aeronautical decision making. After all, if we
train our students to go-around if something
doesn't feel right on an approach, why shouldn't

we apply the same principle when taking off?
Andy taxied back to the runway and completed
another two textbook laps in the pattern,
officially earning him his first three landings as a
pilot-in-command. Not only did he demonstrate
an ability to think quickly on his feet, he also
showed me that practicing rejected takeoffs
before soloing a student wasn't such a crazy idea
after all.
Michael Pochettino is an airline pilot based
in New York City and has been involved in
aviation safety for nearly a decade. He's a former
Gulfstream IV pilot, flight instructor, and project
manager/writer at the AOPA Air Safety
Institute. When he's not flying airplanes or
wrangling commas, he enjoys getting away to
his native Aruba.
Email: thewriteflyer@icloud.com

HE LISTENED TO HIS INSTINCTS AND, WITH THE CONFIDENCE OF KNOWING
HOW TO SAFELY REJECT A TAKEOFF, HE ERRED ON THE SIDE OF CAUTION-
SETTING AN EXAMPLE OF GREAT AERONAUTICAL DECISION MAKING.

Takeoffs and Landings:
DETERMINING AN ABORT POINT
When it comes to making a safe takeoff, there
are simple rules of thumb we can all live by.
Knowing when to abort a takeoff is one of
them. One excellent resource worth watching
is this AOPA Air Safety Institute video, which
explains how to choose an abort point if our
takeoff roll isn't going as planned.
-MP



CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 2

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 2

CFItoCFI Newsletter—Vol. 11, Issue 2
CFI Notes and Letters
In the Spotlight: COVID-19 and How to Prepare to Fly Again
Rejected Takeoffs—Lessons Learned from a First Solo
Safety Webinars: Hone Your Skills—Be Well-Informed
ASI Message: Fly with Focus—Help Lower Insurance Rates
CFI News
CFI Tips: Share the Joy!
Teaching Technique: Simplifying Airspace with Rocket Science
There I Was... Midair
CFI Tools: Public Benefit Flying—Feed Your Passion
CFI's Point of View: No Airspeed Indicator! Can You Fly the Airplane?
Beyond Proficient: Teach Your Students Well
You Can Fly: Flight Training Experience Project—Lights, Camera, Action!
Safety Quiz: Thunderstorms
Lessons Learned: Onboard Weather Display—What You See May Not Be What You Get
Chief's Corner: New Checklists
Pilot Safety Announcement: Phone Home
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 2 - CFItoCFI Newsletter—Vol. 11, Issue 2
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 2 - CFI Notes and Letters
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 2 - 3
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 2 - In the Spotlight: COVID-19 and How to Prepare to Fly Again
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 2 - Rejected Takeoffs—Lessons Learned from a First Solo
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 2 - 6
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 2 - 7
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 2 - 8
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 2 - Safety Webinars: Hone Your Skills—Be Well-Informed
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 2 - ASI Message: Fly with Focus—Help Lower Insurance Rates
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 2 - 11
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 2 - CFI News
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 2 - 13
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 2 - 14
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 2 - 15
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 2 - CFI Tips: Share the Joy!
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 2 - 17
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 2 - 18
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 2 - Teaching Technique: Simplifying Airspace with Rocket Science
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 2 - 20
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 2 - 21
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 2 - 22
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 2 - There I Was... Midair
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 2 - CFI Tools: Public Benefit Flying—Feed Your Passion
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 2 - CFI's Point of View: No Airspeed Indicator! Can You Fly the Airplane?
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 2 - 26
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 2 - Beyond Proficient: Teach Your Students Well
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 2 - 28
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 2 - You Can Fly: Flight Training Experience Project—Lights, Camera, Action!
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 2 - 30
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 2 - Safety Quiz: Thunderstorms
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 2 - Lessons Learned: Onboard Weather Display—What You See May Not Be What You Get
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CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 2 - Chief's Corner: New Checklists
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 2 - 35
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 2 - 36
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 2 - 37
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 2 - Pilot Safety Announcement: Phone Home
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