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Tips For A Good Take-Off

Tips For A Good Take-Off

  • Every  pilot needs skill and more  practice before he can be sure of making a good take-offthe main problems being to keep aircraft on a straight and narrow path. This difficulty applies mainly to propeller-driven aircraft.

  •  We can  be said that the object during the take-off is to obtain sufficient lift to support the weight of the aircraft with the least possible run along the ground. In order to obtain this result, the angle of attack is kept small during the first part of the run so as to reduce drag; then, when the speed has reached the minimum speed of flight, and the tail is lowered and the wings brought to about 15° angle of attack, the aircraft will be capable of the light.
  • by this method the aircraft probably leaves the ground with the least possible run, it is apt to be dangerous because once having left the ground, any attempt to climb by a further increase of angle will result in installing and dropping back on to the ground.
  • is necessary to allow the speed to increase beyond the stalling speed before ‘pulling-off’, and sometimes the aircraft is allowed to continue to run in the tail-up position until it takes off of its own accord.
  • By the  order to reduce the length of run, and increase the angle of the climb after leaving the ground  so as to clear obstacles on the outskirts of the airfield  the take-off will, when possible, be made against the wind. Other aids to taking-off are slots, flaps, or any other devices which increase the lift without unduly increasing the drag, and, essential in propeller-driven high-speed aircraft.

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