Pilot's tip of the week

Turning Onto the Runway


Subscriber question:

"What final checks should I make when turning onto the runway for takeoff?" - Bob S.



“There are two things you should be thinking of, at least.

Take a look at that windsock. That’s the best indicator of the wind you’re going to have on your takeoff, and it’s usually very close to the end of the runway.

And of course, I always check for traffic on final. Controllers can make mistakes just like pilots can.

Now, once you’re cleared for takeoff, be sure you’re ready to go. I don’t like to be sitting out on the runway any longer than I have to with my back to the traffic. Therefore, if you’re ready to go when you tell the tower, you’ll be able to roll out and complete that takeoff quickly and reduce the opportunities for those kinds of runway incursions.”

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