rolling takeoff

rolling takeoff

Any takeoff by a helicopter, tilt rotor, or other VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) aircraft in which it rolls on the ground for some time and accelerates before leaving the ground. In fixed-wing aircraft, a rolling takeoff is one in which the aircraft does not stop on the runway when it enters from the taxi track but continues the takeoff by opening the throttle either during the turn on the runway or immediately after rolling out.
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To see how a particular airplane I commonly fly (a 1970 A36 Bonanza with an IO-520 engine and three-blade propeller) actually performs, I did five test flights taking off using the smoother, passenger-friendly rolling takeoff and lift off "when it's ready" technique.
The unique thrust vectoring that gives the Harrier its vertical/short takeoff and landing ability also enables the aircraft to conduct rolling takeoffs at short distances.