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Climb and Descent Profiles

Lesson 9

​Climb and descent ‘profiles’ become more important now, and it is important to plan your climb and descent carefully. You will have to pay close attention to engine temperatures, especially in hot weather, and at high elevation airports. Think ‘density altitude’. This is especially true on a tightly cowled engine, where the oil temperatures will creep right up to the red-line if you are not careful. Be aware of this during a prolonged taxi or run-up, or if the takeoff is delayed at a busy airport. If you are departing IFR, and there are Instrument Departure Procedures, you will need to consult your POH to see what the required climb performance is, what adjustments will have to be made, if any, to meet the required performance, and what your limitations are.

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