Know Your Aircraft’s Specific Handling Characteristics, Part 1

Patrick Veillette in front of a Twin Otter
It wasn’t until the check airmen in an aerial fire fighting organization went to a simulator training center that the takeoff procedure taught by the unit’s check airmen had grievous deficiencies. The author in front of a Twin Otter.
In “most” airplanes that you have flown, a go-around requires adding go-around power, bringing the nose up to about 5-10 deg. above the horizon, and repositioning the flaps at specified speeds as the aircraft accelerates. However, there are significant exceptions to this. After touring the Grand...

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