Date: 02 Dec 96 01:44:34 From: email@example.com (Larry Stone) Organization: InterServe Communications, Inc. References: 1 Followups: 1
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In article <airliners.1996.2520@ohare.Chicago.COM>, "Bernie Gracy, Jr." <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: >Can a 737 take off without flaps down? The captain claimed we were in no >danger. What is proper procedure? Aren't the flaps supposed to come down >after pushback and engine start but before reaching the taxiway? Not directly to the point but worth pointing out: most light planes do not use flaps for takeoff except in some short field conditions. When I'm flying a plane like a Piper Warrior, I have flaps on the checklist but it's to make sure they're up. Takeoff flaps do reduce ground roll and the distance required to reach a given altitude but also reduce rate of climb making it take longer to reach a given altitude. Given adequate runway and no obstructions, your goal is to maximize rate of climb so that if something happens, you're as high as possible. -- -- Larry Stone --- email@example.com http://www.interserve.com/~lstone/ Belmont, CA, USA My opinions, not United's.