Confined Area Takeoff and Climb
Lesson Plan


  • To determine that the applicant exhibits satisfactory knowledge, risk management, and skills associated with a confined area takeoff, and maximum performance climb operations
  • References: FAA-S-ACS-6, FAA-H-8083-2, FAA-H-8083-3, FAA-H-8083-23; POH/AFM; AIM


  • Research a mishap case study:
  • Discuss how the initial conditions developed into an incident/accident/mishap
  • Relate similar personal experience of the same type of incident/accident/mishap


  • More austere and even urban airport environments require obstacle negotiation


Confined Area Takeoff and Climb:
Review (quiz):
Case Studies:
Total Ground Time:

Required Materials:

  • Paper, Pen, Marker, Whiteboard

Instructor Actions:

Student Actions:

  • Complete assigned reading (see content above)
  • Ask pertinent questions
  • Make a go/no-go decision, as appropriate

Completion Standards:

  • Confined Area Takeoff and Maximum Performance Climb (ASES, AMES):

    Confined Area Takeoff and Maximum Performance Climb (ASES, AMES) Knowledge:

    The applicant must demonstrate an understanding of:

    Confined Area Takeoff and Maximum Performance Climb (ASES, AMES) Risk Management:

    The applicant demonstrates the ability to identify, assess, and mitigate risks, encompassing:

    Confined Area Takeoff and Maximum Performance Climb (ASES, AMES) Skills:

    The applicant demonstrates the ability to:
    • PA.IV.G.S1:
      Complete the appropriate checklist
    • PA.IV.G.S2:
      Make radio calls as appropriate
    • PA.IV.G.S3:
      Verify assigned/correct takeoff path
    • PA.IV.G.S4:
      Ascertain wind direction with or without visible wind direction indicators
    • PA.IV.G.S5:
      Position the flight controls for the existing wind.
    • PA.IV.G.S6:
      Clear the area, taxi into takeoff position utilizing maximum available takeoff area and align the airplane on the takeoff path
    • PA.IV.G.S7:
      Confirm takeoff power and proper engine and flight instrument indications prior to rotation
    • PA.IV.G.S8:
      Establish a pitch attitude that maintains the most efficient planing/liftoff attitude and correct for porpoising and skipping
    • PA.IV.G.S9:
      Avoid excessive water spray on the propeller(s)
    • PA.IV.G.S10:
      Rotate and liftoff at the recommended airspeed, and accelerate to the recommended obstacle clearance airspeed or Vx
    • PA.IV.G.S11:
      Establish a pitch attitude that will maintain the recommended obstacle clearance airspeed or Vx, +10/-5 knots until the obstacle is cleared or until the airplane is 50 feet above the surface
    • PA.IV.G.S12:
      Establish a pitch attitude for Vy and accelerate to Vy +10/-5 knots after clearing the obstacle or at 50 feet AGL if simulating an obstacle
    • PA.IV.G.S13:
      Retract flaps, if extended, after a positive rate of climb has been verified or in accordance with airplane manufacturer's guidance
    • PA.IV.G.S14:
      Maintain Vy +10/-5 knots to a safe maneuvering altitude
    • PA.IV.G.S15:
      Maintain directional control and proper wind-drift correction throughout takeoff and climb
    • PA.IV.G.S16:
      Comply with noise abatement procedures



  • Advise students that this lesson will be used as a starting point for the next lesson
  • Assign study materials for the next lesson