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Old 16th Sep 2008, 21:50
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Smilin_Ed
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
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Flying It Off Dangerous?

Why endanger each takeoff to "cater" for the 1 in a few million times someone forgets something pretty fundamental?
I fail to see how flying the airplane off the runway endangers the takeoff. If you haul it off like Spanair apparently did, and if the configuration is not properly set for the conditions, you will stall. Then you don't have anything to work with. If you fly it off, you at least can judge your situation and act accordingly. True, if you have a short runway, then you don't have any slack but MAD is not that short. A gentle hand on the controls beats jerking the plane around. Jerk it around and you limit your options.
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