Category: Private Pilot Maneuvers

ACTUAL Soft Field Takeoff + Confined Airport

Many pilots learn to do the soft field takeoff at airports that aren’t all that soft. In fact, most training airports are on hard runway surfaces. So, the pilots ‘pretend’ and never really deal with an actual soft …

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Power off 180º Accuracy Landing

Now we’re going to execute a Power Off 180º Accuracy Landing. Essentially we’re reducing the power to idle abeam the touchdown point, and exercising the same requirements for short field in terms of our spot — 0 + …

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How to fly: Soft Field Landing

Now we will execute a soft field landing. Much like the soft field takeoff, we are concerned about the protection of the propellor. For this reason we are going to keep a smidge of power when we roundabout …

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How to fly: Soft Field Takeoff

Now we’ll be doing a soft field takeoff. What is a soft field? A soft field is a runway/taxi surface that is grass, water, snow, mud, loose dirt, soft gravel, and so on. This kind of surface acts …

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How to fly: Short Field Landing

The short field landing is executed differently in two aways, and sometimes three. Let’s talk about the two ways it is different. First, we approach at a slightly slower airspeed. Usually we’d fly at 1.3 Vso on the …

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How to fly: Short Field Takeoff

The short field takeoff is emulating departure from a short airfield. Usually this procedure is also performed with an obstacle clearance procedure, considering a make believe or real 50+ foot obstacle. The objective is clear: get off as …

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