Low Visibility Takeoff and Climb


Understand normal takeoff, climb operations, and rejected takeoff procedures.


This is the required reading for this lesson. Numbers in [brackets] indicate the starting and ending page in the referenced reading material. Read all the pages and sections referenced.


The notes below highlight the important parts in the referenced material. Reading the notes without having read the actual referenced material is generally not sufficient to pass the written exam!

AFH - Chapter 5

  • Take-off into wind
    • Permits a shorter run and a lower ground speed at the moment of take-off.
    • Eliminates drift, so that there is no additional strain on the landing gear.
    • Affords best directional control, especially at the beginning of the run.
    • Results in better obstacle clearance owing both to a shorter run and a steeper angle of climb.
    • Establishes the correct pattern direction for all aircraft in the case of an uncontrolled airport.

AFH - Chapter 12

Example of a typical turboprop airplane takeoff and departure profile
Figure 1. Example of a typical turboprop airplane takeoff and departure profile.

AFH - Chapter 15

  • V-Speeds
    • V1 - Critical engine failure speed or takeoff decision speed
      • It is the speed at which the pilot is to continue the takeoff in the event of an engine failure or other serious emergency
    • VR - Rotation speed, or speed at which the rotation of the airplane is initiated to takeoff attitude
    • V2 - Takeoff safety speed
      • A referenced airspeed obtained after lift-off at which the required one-engine- inoperative climb performance can be achieved
  • The decision to abort takeoff should not be attempted beyond the calculated V1
  • Turns in a climb should not be more than 15 to 20 degrees of bank
    Takeoff and departure profile.
    Figure 2. Takeoff and departure profile.

Tomas Hansson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Chief Flight Instructor, VATSTAR
DISCLAIMER: all information contained herein is for flight simulation purposes only.
March 2021

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