OT - My last MD-88 Approach and Landing

TomR

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And then the rate of rotation immediately after lift off can make for a very comfortable experience for our passengers versus a startling one.
Ain't that the truth!
 

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Ain't that the truth!
That's one of my pet peeves. A little "inside baseball" here...

Our operations manual for the MD-88 says to rotate at a rate of 2 to 3 degrees per second. That's what our takeoff performance is based on. We're typically rotating to 20 degrees nose up. So that should take a total of a little over 7 seconds to right at 10 seconds to reach 20 degrees. The simulator guys were teaching to rotate much faster than that, and I would see it quite frequently from First Officers I would fly with. Would always make me cringe because I'm trying to give my passengers the smoothest flight and best experience possible. I would tactfully correct them on it, but it was kind of a losing battle since they were all being taught that way. I'm hoping that will be better on the 717.
 


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