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    Soft field TOs/LDGs in a Sundowner

    Hi Everyone,
    I'd love to hear some techniques you use for soft field TOs and landings.
    I looked through my Sundowner POH and other than the usual Grass Surface TO
    Performance table, there isn't any specific info on soft field techniques
    (not that I expected there to be any).

    So what do you all do?

    -Rick
    '78 Sundowner



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    Soft field TOs/LDGs in a Sundowner

    That is going to be my topic of the next BAC news letter. In my Sport I use
    one notch of flaps, rotate at 65 mph and get into ground effect, then lower
    the nose to 75 mph and wait for the positive rate of climb. After about
    50-75 ft I raise the flaps and start a 85 mph climb. Works great.

    Jeff Bryant
    Southwest Regional Director
    Beech Aero Club


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    Hi Everyone,
    I'd love to hear some techniques you use for soft field TOs and landings.
    I looked through my Sundowner POH and other than the usual Grass Surface TO
    Performance table, there isn't any specific info on soft field techniques
    (not that I expected there to be any).

    So what do you all do?

    -Rick
    '78 Sundowner



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    Soft field TOs/LDGs in a Sundowner

    I highly recommend that you visit the BAC site, do a search on "maximum performance charts", and read the Download on the subject. When it comes to clearing obstacles in the departure path, these planes will do much better than the average pilot suspects, IF you know how to best configure the plane for the conditions. While your forward airspeed will likely be less, and your rate of climb may seem low, your altitude gained per foot of forward distance can be significantly higher using these charts.

    Note that you are supposed to use the POH, when it provides data that match the circumstances. But there will be many circumstances that it does not specifically address. Read the download, then do some practicing where you have plenty of room for error. Few people actually spend time practicing flight in this part of the envelope, yet it can make a significant difference in the overall safety of flight.

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