cleared for takeoff, add power to 500 ftlbs. and check the engine and flight
instruments. Report, "Instruments checked."
This is a last chance check to ensure the engine is operating
normally. Perform this check silently (report its completion only).
ICS transmissions on the runway are not required unless something
abnormal is observed.
Select a reference point. Position the stick in neutral. Release the brakes, dropping
your heels to the deck so that the toes or balls of the feet are on the rudder portions -
not on the brake portions. Maintain directional control using rudder pressure as you
smoothly advance the PCL to maximum allowable (approximately 3 seconds).
Select a reference point directly ahead (runway centerline, trees,
buildings, etc.) and keep the nose pointed towards this reference.
Remember, torque effect and P-factor will tend to pull the nose to the
left; therefore, right rudder pressure will be necessary to maintain
proper directional control. Detect small heading changes quickly and
make immediate, but smooth, rudder corrections.
At approximately 80 knots, smoothly apply backstick pressure and position the nose
to the takeoff attitude (cowl seam slightly below the horizon). Maintain this attitude
and allow the aircraft to fly itself off the deck at 80-85 knots.
Once airborne, recheck the attitude (the cowling should be approximately even with
the horizon). When a safe landing can no longer be made on the runway, check fuel
caps for streaming fuel and airspeed below 120 KIAS. Retract the landing gear and
check for three "UP" indications, light out in the gear handle and that the inboard gear
door indicator lights are out. Report: "Fuel caps secure, three up and locked" over the
Approaching 120 KIAS, set the 120-KIAS climbing attitude (cowl seam on the
horizon) and climb out in accordance with local course rules. Retrim as necessary.
Failure to maintain directional control on takeoff roll through improper use of rudder.
Not assuming the takeoff attitude at approximately 80 knots.
Not relaxing backstick pressure as necessary to maintain takeoff attitude, hence over-
Pulling aircraft off the deck prematurely or over-controlling.
FLIGHT PROCEDURES 6-7