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Features April 2015 Issue

GA Takeoff Minimums

Part 91 flyers neednít worry much about regulatory departure minimums. So, what about all that takeoff minimums stuff thatís published? Should we care?

Many sharp instrument students and pilots, when asked what items must be considered for an IFR departure, go confidently to Section L of the Terminal Procedures Publication, TPP, and talk about the Obstacle Departure Procedures, ODPs. This makes me confident theyíre on the right track. But many will then either gloss over or improvise their way through the section on takeoff minimums. This information looks important, with restrictive numbers and climb gradients in it. Many CFIIs, though, just teach that it doesnít matter at this stage. True enough, but knowing a little about them can help us make better departure decisions.

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