Flight Test Items – 7. Takeoff

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To determine that the candidate can takeoff safely using the correct procedure and technique for wind conditions, and for the condition and dimension of the take-off area.


The candidate will be required to demonstrate a takeoff, 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 takeoff, such as take-off area surface conditions, obstacles to be cleared or avoided and the length of take-off area available. ATC instructions and clearances must be complied with, where they are applicable.

Candidates will be required to confirm, before takeoff, that the canopy is fully inflated and suspension lines are straight with no twists or tangles.

Performance Criteria

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

  1. complete appropriate checks;

  2. configure the aircraft for the existing conditions;

  3. check for traffic, taxi into the take-off position, and line up in the direction that is most favourable for takeoff;

  4. check that there is no traffic on the base leg or on final;

  5. check the canopy to ensure that all end cells are fully inflated and in condition for takeoff;

  6. advance the throttle smoothly to take-off power;

  7. maintain take-off power to a safe height, then, where applicable, set climb power;

  8. wait until reaching a safe height prior to sitting in the harness;

  9. demonstrate a safe procedure for releasing the controls in order to sit in the harness.
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