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>> DID YOU KNOW?

The private pilot airman certification standards for
normal, short- and soft-field landings call for applicants
to maintain the manufacturer's published approach
airspeed (or in its absence not more than 1.3 times
the stall speed in the landing configuration), plus 10/minus
5 knots with gust factor applied.

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Every flight regime has elements pilots can easily evaluate. From
walking out onto the ramp to unstrapping and getting out of the
airplane, during each flight we can look at every one of the primary
tasks and judge how accurately and correctly we're doing them.
Perform a detailed preflight-every time. A preflight
inspection is not just checking the oil and fuel and walking around
the airplane looking for parts that may be falling off. We should be
inspecting every mechanical factor that is critical to that particular
type of airplane.
Taxi out with care. Courtesy, consideration, and safety should
be central to taxiing. On nontowered fields, give way to other
traffic. On all airports, when coming into the run-up area, try to
position your airplane so you're as far out of the way as possible to
let heavier aircraft make it to the runway. Don't park in the middle
of the hold-short line as if you own the airport. On many airports
there will be departing IFR traffic that has a timed departure. Be
considerate.
Hold centerline on takeoff. The centerline stripe is about a
foot wide and you'll know you've done your job if the nose stays
right on that stripe as the airplane accelerates.
Set an attitude for takeoff. As the airplane gains speed
and the elevators are effective, gently pick the nose off the
ground and establish a shallow, nose-high attitude with the
main gear still on the ground. That is held until the airplane
flies itself off. Don't force it off the ground. This guarantees that
the airplane is ready to fly.
Establish and control climb speed. Immediately after takeoff establish and hold best rate, or angle, speed within two knots.
That means being aware of the nose attitude and making small
changes to hold the speed.
Correct for wind drift on climbout. We don't have rearview
mirrors in most airplanes, but we do our best to monitor the airplane's ground track on climb and stay on the extended centerline.
Control for P-factor in the climb. During the climb and
while at full power, just enough right rudder is held to keep the
skid ball exactly in the middle for maximum climb efficiency. Any
yaw, as indicated by a displaced ball, is eating into the rate of climb.



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