Ex 12. Takeoff and climb to downwind position


To safely take off and climb the aircraft to position on the downwind leg at circuit height. Also to land safely in the event of an engine failure after take off or at any time in the circuit, and to decide against and take appropriate action, if for some reason, continuation of the take off would be unsafe.


  • Pre take-off checks
  • Planning for power failure on every take off
  • Planning takeoff with regard to wake turbulence from other aircraft
  • Planning takeoff with regard to areas of low level rotor/turbulence
  • Drills during and after take off i.e. constant planning for an aborted takeoff,or a forced landing due to power failure on take off or in the circuit, and monitoring engine temperature during the climb

Factors affecting the length of the takeoff roll and the initial climb:

  • Use of power
  • Correct lift-off speed
  • Use of flight controls and techniques
  • Wind: Nil-wind, Head-wind, Cross-wind
  • Ground surface: Concrete, Grass (long/short/soft/hard/dry/wet)
  • Ground gradient
  • Weight – Altitude – Temperature – Humidity
  • Maximum Angle of climb:
  • Maximum Rate of climb:

Undulating (rough field)

  • Premature lift-off and subsequent control

Short and soft field considerations:

Tailwheel considerations (if applicable):

Effect of flaps (if applicable):

  • Decision to use
  • Effects of use


  • Abandoned takeoff
  • Engine failure after takeoff
  • Engine failure in the circuit