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Task: Short field take-off


To determine that the candidate is capable of;

(a) Taking off from a field of minimum length, as determined by the use of ‘P’ charts or the Aircraft’s Flight Manual (factored as appropriate).

(b) Modifying the rotate and climb speeds for the conditions and reevaluating the advisability of continuing.

(c) Utilising all of the available runway, ensuring that minimum static RPM is achieved and engine instrument readings are acceptable, prior to brakes release.

(d) Rotating at the recommended Vr, establishing Vx where obstacles are to be cleared (adjusted for prevailing wind conditions) and Vy clear of obstacles.


The examiner/instructor will;

(a) Observe the demonstration of a take-off from a simulated field of minimum length and determine that the candidate’s performance meets the objective.

(b) Place emphasis on the candidate’s assessment of appropriate rotate and climb speeds for the conditions and the advisability of continuing with the take-off.

(c) Place emphasis on the candidate’s demonstration of pitch, heading and airspeed control and make allowance for fluctuations due to turbulence (but not excessively so).