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ADVANCED PILOT┬╗

ACCIDENT REPORT

The easiest thing?

Even a 'simple' maneuver can go wrong
┬╗ By David Jack Kenny

THINK BACK TO your own student days,
and you'll probably remember feeling that
takeoffs-at least normal takeoffs-were
the easiest part of each lesson (short- and
soft-field work, maybe not so much). Once
you got onto the runway and pushed the
throttle forward, it was just a matter of
nudging the rudder enough to keep from
running off the sides until the wings
caught enough air to start lifting.
Less-than-perfect takeoff technique is
the second leading cause of accidents during primary instruction. To be sure, that's
a distant second after pranged landings;
still, 164 airplanes got cracked up that way
during the past 10 years. That's about one
out of every eight accidents in all phases of
primary training. Worse yet, in 63-more

than a third-the instructor was on board.
So what went wrong? Not what you
might expect. Some of the usual suspects
can be ruled out almost entirely: Only
three accidents were blamed on density
altitude, four on contaminated runways,
and five on delayed decisions to abort
when aircraft performance seemed questionable. (These, by the way, were equally
divided between solo and dual flights.)
A slightly larger number (13) were
attributed to errors configuring the airplane, chiefly flap settings and carb heat.
Just more than half of those were on dual
lessons, too-though surprisingly enough,
only four were specifically reported to
have happened during touch and goes. The
big problems were the same two things

that initially seemed so simple: keeping it
on the runway, then lifting off.
Two-thirds of those 164 accidents were
losses of control while the airplane was
still on the runway, or should have been;
they included three-quarters of all takeoff
accidents on student solos and almost half
of those during dual instruction. Another
30-almost 20 percent of the total-were
departure stalls, and two-thirds of those
were on dual flights. That might not be so
surprising-most students don't try many
of those short-and-softs on their own.
The conscientious CFI might see a
familiar pattern here: Nothing in aviation
can safely be taken for granted. That might
be the most durable-and important-lesson you'll ever teach your students.
David Jack Kenny vividly remembers the day his
instructor's quick feet were all that prevented a runway
excursion during soft-field takeoff practice.

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Flight Training - February 2014
Contents
Member Benefits
Right Seat
Letters
Fun on the Water
Success Story News
How It Works
After the Checkride
News Abeam the Numbers
Training Products
News Final Exam
Asi News
News
Flight Lesson
Accident Report
Around the Patch
Flying Carpet
Flight Training Excellence Awards
Awards Recipients
All for You
Dream Maker
Weather
Career Pilot
Instructor Report
CFI to CFI
Career Advisor
Accident Report
Advertiser Index
Debrief
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Flight Training - February 2014 - Cover2
Flight Training - February 2014 - Contents
Flight Training - February 2014 - 2
Flight Training - February 2014 - 3
Flight Training - February 2014 - Member Benefits
Flight Training - February 2014 - 5
Flight Training - February 2014 - Right Seat
Flight Training - February 2014 - 7
Flight Training - February 2014 - Letters
Flight Training - February 2014 - 9
Flight Training - February 2014 - Fun on the Water
Flight Training - February 2014 - 11
Flight Training - February 2014 - Success Story News
Flight Training - February 2014 - How It Works
Flight Training - February 2014 - After the Checkride
Flight Training - February 2014 - News Abeam the Numbers
Flight Training - February 2014 - Training Products
Flight Training - February 2014 - News Final Exam
Flight Training - February 2014 - Asi News
Flight Training - February 2014 - 19
Flight Training - February 2014 - News
Flight Training - February 2014 - 21
Flight Training - February 2014 - Flight Lesson
Flight Training - February 2014 - Accident Report
Flight Training - February 2014 - Around the Patch
Flight Training - February 2014 - 25
Flight Training - February 2014 - Flying Carpet
Flight Training - February 2014 - 27
Flight Training - February 2014 - 28
Flight Training - February 2014 - Flight Training Excellence Awards
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Flight Training - February 2014 - Awards Recipients
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Flight Training - February 2014 - All for You
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Flight Training - February 2014 - Dream Maker
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Flight Training - February 2014 - Weather
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Flight Training - February 2014 - Career Pilot
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Flight Training - February 2014 - Instructor Report
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Flight Training - February 2014 - Career Advisor
Flight Training - February 2014 - Accident Report
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Flight Training - February 2014 - Debrief
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