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Hey guys, and occasional gals. First post here. I was just wondering what methods everyone uses for off airport power checks? I've heard of a couple of different methods and was just wondering what everyone was using and if they have any reasons other than that was they way they were taught for using them. Thanks in advance.

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The best way is try if you can hover between 500' and 1000' feet AGL, if you can hover at that altitude you'll get out again, but for a high performance take-off you need more. So if you come to the hover and after that you can also pull more pitch and climb vertically you'll definitely have enough power.


This is basically what we use here in the mountains. Carrying charts doesn't work, you have to make shure before you go in.

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