A321 Takeoff precedure

Hi I did a topic for an A350 takeoff procedure, but this time its for an a321.

Whats the takeoff procedure for an a321?

Thank You!

P.S: The flight is KFLL-KATL

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I suggest that you put the flaps to setting 1, once cleared for takeoff, put the throttle to 89%, and at about 100-200 feet retract the gear. Once passed 220 kts, retract the flaps. Hope this helps!


Thank You @dca.iad.aviation

No problem! I realized that I forgot rotation speed, given your aircraft, flaps setting, and estimated weight, I’d rotate at 135-145 kts.

Flaps 1, throttle between 83-90% (based on weight). Don’t retract your gear based off your altitude as stated above, you base it off of your speed (genereally associated with V2). Rotation for the A321 can exist between 140-160kts depending on your weight, I go gear up at 160-165 99% of the time.

A good angle to initially hold is 7-8 degrees while on initial climb. Most of the climbing is situational, but 2500fpm is a good & steady initial climb rate until you’re at 10,000.

Hope this helps!

Flaps 1-3 depending on weight and runway length. N1% can vary between the 80s-90s, initial takeoff pitch 7-8 degrees. Positive rate, nose between 12-18 degrees to hold the speed V2+15. At 800ft retract your flaps to 1 if you took off with F2 or 3 (V2+15 is a lot of the time higher than F speed.) Continue to maintain V2+15 until 1500 AGL, then lower the nose to 10 degrees. Reduce N1 by 2-3% and accelerate to S speed, where you retract flaps to 0. Continue accelerating and I usually engage auto climb when the vs becomes 2500 as stated by @ktaviation 🙂

I suggest using infinitefmc.com for a definition of all the speeds and calculator for V speed etc.
Credit goes to @dproctor

Edit: goes for whole 320 family

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My procedure is as follows:

Power at 90-100% N1 (depends on weight, flaps, and runway length)

Rotation anywhere from 130-150 (depends on weight and flaps). Three degrees of pitch per second. During rotation, correct rudder crosswind correction (depends on wind)

Gradually release rudder

Once positive climb established, retract gear

After reaching 220 KIAS and/or 3,000 AAL, retract flaps (depending on weight, you may retract all at once or in increments).

I also hand flying until either I get tired of it or until cruising altitude, whichever occurs first. I like to be a pilot not a computer user.

Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions.

I prefer 20% trim, flaps 1, 85% thrust, and rotate about 150. Sort of just floats up.

The N1% for takeoff can vary greatly but anywhere between 88% and 98% should be good, rotation speed will vary a lot also so 135-145 will be okay. You do a smooth rotation (about 3 degrees a second pitching up to 15 degrees. Once you have a positive rate of climb on both the Altitude indicator and Vertical Speed Indicator you can retract the gear while maintaining your takeoff power. As you reach 1500ft above ground level you bring the nose attitude of the aircraft down to 11-13 degrees where you begin to accelerate to your climb speed which shouldn’t be more than 250kts, you will also need to reduce your power down to around 90% or less as jet aircraft engines shouldn’t be ran at takeoff thrust for more than 5 minutes in real life. As the aircraft accelerates you can begin to retract the flaps. If you used more than flaps one don’t retract them all at once as you’ll lose too much lift. Best you should retract them in stages. Hope this helps :)

@anon38496261 Thrust should never be over 95% ever, because that’s exceeding the real N1 limit (the number will be orange)

I know. I’m talking about N1 not PWR.

In most jets on IF, 95% PWR is 100% N1.


Flaps 3?? that’s a lot lol, irl they use 2 at the absolute max

No they don’t. At Southend flaps 3 is common for takeoff 🙂


Ah, well that’s a 6,000 foot runway, and other factors could contribute. I was referencing larger runway airports like the original post mentioned. Are the ones that fly there IAE engined 321s?

Sorry I didn’t see the flight referred to in the topic. My reference was to the 320 family, apologies, not specific to the 321. The 321 does use F3 too though. At Southend I do not believe 321s are in use. In regards to the airports above, you are absolutely right 🙂

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