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8 Times You Should Reject A Takeoff

Have you ever rejected a takeoff? Here are 8 times you should.

1) Runway Incursion

If another aircraft enters the runway environment ahead of you, the safest action is usually to reject the takeoff. Avoid playing the guessing game of where you'll liftoff in comparison to their position.


2) Halfway Down The Runway, You Haven't Reached 70% Of Your Takeoff Speed

The "50/70 Rule" for GA aircraft says if you haven't reached 70% of your takeoff speed by the time you've reached 50% of the length of the runway, you should reject your takeoff.

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3) Loss Of Engine Power

Any noticeable loss of engine power should be an immediate reason to reject the takeoff.


4) Unusual Oil Pressure Or Temperature

During the takeoff roll, you should quickly glance at oil pressure and temperature. If you notice an abnormal indication, reject.


5) Windshear

If you liftoff, experience windshear, and then touch down back onto the runway you should consider rejecting the takeoff. When you have extra runway remaining, trying again later with better weather conditions is a safer option.


6) Unusual Engine Vibrations Or Noise

This one is pretty self explanatory. If you hear or feel something unusual happening within the engine, stop your takeoff roll.


7) Loss Of Directional Control

If you're unable to maintain centerline, you might have an issue with your flight controls or the wind is too strong for you to safely maintain coordination. Loss of control frequently results in aircraft exiting the runway, causing serious damage.


8) Doors Unlatch Or Open

An unlatched door on takeoff can cause serious problems in the air. If you hear a door pop open on takeoff, reject the takeoff.


Have you ever rejected a takeoff? Tell us about it in the comments below.

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