Exercise 7 – Climbing

In this lesson you will practice the various types of climbs. The instructor may also combine descents with this lesson, as well as turns.

Planned Activities 

• Exercises 2, 4-8 in the Flight Training Manual

Reference Material

• FTM (Flight Training Manual)

• Aircraft Information Manual/Pilot Operating Handbook (POH)


• Review the POH for the external inspection and cockpit layout.

• Review exercises 4-6 in the FTM and read exercises 7 and 8.

• Be able to answer the following questions:

1) Define the cruise attitude.

2) How do we initiate a climb?

3) Why is rudder required in a climb? What causes this?

4) What are the different types of climbs and the related speed for our aircraft? (Sec 4 POH)

5) How will flaps affect your rate of climb? What are some benefits of flaps?

6) What are the flap extension speeds of our aircraft? (Limitations section of POH)

7) What factors affect the aircraft’s climb performance?

• Write down your questions

Tips/Rules of Thumb/Theory

• Don’t ride the brakes during taxiing (heels on the floor!)

• During climb, lower the nose slightly every 500ft to facilitate a forward lookout, more often in hazy conditions.

• Rudder input is required whenever power changes are made

• Use your peripheral vision to detect the change in heading during climbs as you lack the reference ahead of the nose

• Your focus should be outside the aircraft, not inside! Reference the horizon and keep a good lookout constantly.

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