You cannot get performance out of an aircraft the maker didn’t build into it!


Every year pilots of all levels of experience take on the aircraft manufacturers to see if they can squeeze performance out of an aircraft that the maker never built into it in the first place.The best place to find out that you don’t have sufficient runway, is not on the runway, but in the planning stage on the ground!

Aircraft performance is always better calculated before flight than during it!

When you watch this amazing video always remember that a very hot day and a very heavy aircraft can have an enormous effect on aircraft performance. I do not know of any aircraft of any size where you can load full fuel and full payload without being over max take off weight. As they used to sarcastically say about the RAF Blackburn Beverley, ” A very useful aircraft, you could take a tank around the circuit or a bag of crisps to Germany!

These guys must be the luckiest pilots in the world.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7q3j69-SHM&feature=related

Bet these pilots changed their trousers & checked the performance of the aircraft after they landed, pity they didn’t do it before take off. Just imagine what would have happened here if an engine had failed after V1!

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