Also a couple things... You're pretty aggressive on the throttle on the ground. A Skyhawk with one person on board on pavement doesn't need the throttle jammed up to 1800-1900 rpm to get going. Be easy on the thottle - aggressive movements can be dangerous and are bad for the engine.
Thanks for the observation BC. I'll give that a try.
Cleared for takeoff? Lights, Camera Action (Lights, Transponder, Go)
I think every instructor has a different method - mine teaches a "H.A.T.S." check:
heading, altimeter, transponder, switches/lights
Hard to tell with the video, but it would appear that your nav lights, landing and taxi light and possibly strobes are off. I turn them on after being cleared for takeoff and keep them on - anything that makes you easier to see is a good thing.
I was taught to keep the lights off in the daytime but daytime running lamps make cars safer so it does seem like a good idea.
Transponder on mode 3 when you are lined up / clear for takeoff.. Doing it before can cause problems with false TCAS RAs for other aircraft. Even if you don't require a transponder in the airspace you are flying in, turn it on. It is better for ATC to show a secondary target over a prime one, even if it is just a 1200 squawk and allows TCAS equipped aircraft to detect you.
So you're saying don't turn it to 'altitude' until cleared for takeoff? I have no idea how it shows up on the controllers screen, but if it's better for them to turn it to 'standby' when taxiing then I'll check into it.
So there you go.. I often listen to the Live ATC recordings of my flight to find out ways I can improve. It's always good to learn.
Yes, this site is invaluable! Thanks Dave!
Good info BC. Thanks for sharing.