Actually, no. I categorically disagree, probably because your statement is totally wrong: if the performance figures will allow an intersection takeoff it is mathematically exactly as safe as using the full length. That's, um, why they publish such figures. Which are conservative. Yes, there may be other variables that make taking the full length the better choice. But I reject categorical statements like "full length is always the safest thing". Nonsense. You're just unnecessarily throwing tools out of your toolbox with such narrow thinking.mbav8r wrote:You're correct, the frost was off base and geared more towards the unstable approach and where do you draw the line for shortcuts.
Yes I use reduced thrust, that's a company policy and in the COM/AOM and all the takeoff data is calculated using reduced thrust, full length or intersection. It is not company policy to depart from intersections, that's someone choosing to do something that is allowed but not the safest thing to do, not unsafe. My point was simply that leaving that much runway behind you is not displaying airmanship, I don't think the are reckless and irresponsible.
You didn't answer my question, why are you doing it?
Also I would like to say, I've done it in the past and honestly the only reason is on time performance, is that a good enough reason because I think we can agree, the safest thing is full length.
Counting on extra runway to compensate for poor technique on a reject is not my idea of "good airmanship".Balanced field only works if you perform at the required performance levels.
My idea of good airmanship includes exercising strong risk management, balancing it with operational considerations. If an intersection takeoff will allow us to avoid a delay and can be safely accomplished with the proper performance figures, it is poor airmanship to sit there waiting for the full length.
Trying to maintain on-time performance within the bounds of safety is very much a component of airmanship. Of course safety is the priority but trying to suggest that a properly planned intersection takeoff is unsafe is a total non sequitur.
But I do always enjoy listening to pilots judging other pilots operating aircraft they themselves don't fly.