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9 Things You Should Never Do During An Aborted Takeoff

There are countless reasons why you might abort a takeoff. If you do, never make these mistakes...

1) Do You Have A Plan?

First, never initiate a takeoff without having a plan in mind for an aborted takeoff (also called a rejected takeoff). You should have a go/no-go point on the runway and a series of items in mind that you will abort for right away.

2) Maintain Centerline.

If you're forced to abort a takeoff, don't forget to maintain centerline as best you can. It will keep you safely away from runway edges as you deal with procedures or directional control issues.

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3) Don't Forget To Make Radio Calls.

Especially if you're at a busy airport, don't forget to notify other traffic or ATC about your aborted takeoff. You don't want someone initiating a takeoff roll right behind you!

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4) If You're Flying A Jet, Follow V1 Rules.

Past V1 speed in a jet, you will treat emergencies or abnormal indications as airborne situations. Continuing the takeoff is your most safe option. Click here to learn everything you need to know about V1.

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5) Never Add Flaps To "Slow Down."

While flaps do increase drag, they also increase lift. With high speeds on the runway, adding flaps during an aborted takeoff will increase lift and take weight off the wheels. This can make it increasingly difficult to slow down.

6) Are You Questioning Whether Or Not You Should Abort?

If the thought of aborting a takeoff even runs through your mind, you should probably abort. If you don't have time to analyze the situation completely, take the most conservative option.

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7) Never Ignore The Anti-Skid Braking System.

If your airplane is equipped with anti-skid brakes, don't try to bypass their operation by altering how you brake. "Pumping" the brakes reduces braking electiveness.

8) If Your Initiate An Abort, Follow Through.

Once you've decided to abort, you should follow through. Don't re-configure and begin the takeoff roll if you think the issue has gone away. It's best to pull off the runway and try again.

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9) Don't Exit The Runway Too Quickly.

The last thing you want to do is cause secondary problems by exiting the runway too fast. Slow down to a safe taxi speed before you attempt to exit the runway.

When have you aborted a takeoff? Tell us in the comments below.

Swayne Martin

Swayne is an editor at Boldmethod, certified flight instructor, and commercial pilot for Mokulele Airlines. In addition to multi-engine and instrument ratings, he holds a PIC Type Rating for Cessna Citation Jets (CE-525). He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota in 2018. He's the author of the articles, quizzes and lists you love to read every week. You can reach Swayne at swayne@boldmethod.com, and follow his flying adventures at http://www.swaynemartin.com.

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