Normal Takeoff and Climb

images_figures_09fig08Flying off an airport runway is relatively easy. In fact, once you reach takeoff speed your aircraft will want to lift off without any help from you. You’re still the boss, but airplanes are inherently aerodynamic, which should make you feel more comfortable flying them.

I’ll cover “normal” takeoff and climb here, meaning without crosswinds or on a short or soft airstrip. You’ll learn those in another Flight Guide on this website. For now all you need to know is how to “fly the pattern” — that is, how to take off and land at an airport according to its takeoff and landing pattern, which varies slightly between airports.