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Cherokee fully loaded.....Take off technique


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Jan 15, 2011
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I love my cherokee.

Yesterday was a beautiful, cloudless day with a little wind that marked my mom and brothers birthdays. I took them and my daughter to lunch at a small town where our family homesteaded around, and lived for generations. It was a great day.

One highlight is being able to load my cherokee up with 4 people, full gas and survival gear, and still make weight. Of course it doesnt hop off the runway, but its fine.
I try differing styles, no flaps, 2 notches at 45mph, etc.

My question is when fully loaded, is it best to utilize a soft field, ground effect take off to get the gear off the ground asap, or fly it as be, and deal with the increased shuttering etc?

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