Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2011
Going through 90 knots I raise the nosewheel about six inches off the pavement, hold the pitch attitude, and wait a moment. Takeoff in an Aerostar is more like a jet than a piston-powered airplane. With a wing loading of 33.6 pounds per square foot - twice that of what I've been flying - and a NACA 64-series airfoil it shares with the Learjet, it doesn’t just float off the ground. It rolls on the mains for a few seconds, still accelerating hard, and then flies cleanly off.