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This Is Why You Calculate Density Altitude Before Takeoff

It's warming up out there, which means you need to be thinking about density altitude before every takeoff. This pilot was lucky, and the outcome could have been much worse.

Warning: NSFW language as he approaches the trees.

Colin Cutler

Colin is a Boldmethod co-founder, pilot and graphic artist. He's been a flight instructor at the University of North Dakota, an airline pilot on the CRJ-200, and has directed development of numerous commercial and military training systems. You can reach him at

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