7 thoughts on “The First Three Minutes

  1. A great read and reminder to this student. Thanks for being humble, too; I think that you admit your own mistakes makes the each story hit closer to the heart.

  2. I like this. But the advice to get to 3,000 AGL is not always practical. I live in San Diego and we take off under a Bravo shelf. Getting to 3,000 isn’t an option in VFR for every take off in the pattern.

    But I do like the advice and would just amend to do a power reduction as late as possible in the airspace you have to work with.

    I always try to get to at least 1,000 AGL in a Cessna 172 before reducing power. In the heavier Stationaire I fly, I reduce throttle and prop about 1400 AGL (it drops a lot faster in glide).

  3. Thanks for the good and helpful article. I would suggest that you look up the correct way to include the word “myriad” in a sentence.

  4. Wow that was great knowledge specially a trainee pilot like me. It gave me an addon to my knowledge which in normal case would come after long time of experience.

  5. If you fly different airplanes, add to the takeoff checklist: “where the airspeed indicator is ?”

    It happened to me to start takeoff roll and being unable to find the IAS in the few seconds you have before Vr, having to abort takeoff

    For this airplane Simply the IAS was not in the position I expected

  6. Very informative article. Experience is the greatest teacher. I’ve left chocks in place, fuel cap not tighten, and baggage door open in 15 years of flying. However after bitten once, it makes my Pre flight even more important now. One more thing I’ll add… if you are flying alone, during preflight, close the doors and windows, I had a wasp fly into the airplane during preflight and decided to fly around right after rotation. Another reason runway behind you serves no purpose. Just a thought.

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