Flight Test Exercises - Preparation for Flight

7. Take-off


To determine that the candidate can take-off safely using the correct procedure and technique for wind conditions, runway surface and length.


The candidate will be required to demonstrate a take-off, appropriate to the conditions that exist, or those specified by the examiner. For the purpose of this exercise, the examiner may specify simulated conditions for the take-off such as surface conditions, obstacles to be cleared and available runway length. ATC instructions and clearances must be complied with, where they are applicable.

Seaplane candidates will be expected to demonstrate a glassy water take-off if real glassy water conditions are readily available in proximity to the take-off site.

Powered parachute candidates will be required to confirm, before take-off, that the canopy is fully inflated and suspension lines are straight with no twists or tangles.

Note 1: The candidate will be required to explain the operational necessity for any variation from recommended speeds, e.g. gusty or crosswind conditions.

Note 2: Prior to take-off, in the interest of better cockpit-coordination, the candidate will be expected to complete a crew briefing with the examiner on the intended departure procedure, take-off considerations and procedures to be used in the event of an actual engine failure during take-off and initial climb.

Performance Criteria

Assessment will be based on the candidate's ability to:

  1. complete appropriate checks;
  2. position the flight controls and configure the aircraft for the existing conditions;
  3. check the canopy to ensure that all end cells are fully inflated and in condition for take-off (powered parachute candidates only);
  4. check for traffic, taxi into the take-off position, and align the aircraft along the runway centreline or the centre of the selected take-off path;
  5. advance the throttle smoothly to take-off power;
  6. confirm that take-off power has been achieved;
  7. rotate at recommended airspeed;
  8. accelerate to and maintain recommended climb speed (+10/-0 mph); and
  9. maintain take-off power to a safe height, then, where applicable, set climb power.