What does rotate mean?

So I’ve heard the phrase a lot. What does it mean? Google didn’t help.

It means what the word says: Rotate on the stick.

So, the first officer would say: “V1” “V2” “Rotate”
After the first officer has said “rotate” the captain applies backward force, on the stick of the aircraft thus making it takeoff


Could simplify that? 😉

Rotate: pull on the yoke/sidestick.


Its when the plane lifts off the ground.

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Rotate would come after v1 but before v2.


It’s hard to simplify it more than saying that it’s just the stage in a takeoff when the pilot in control pulls the yoke/side stick back towards them, increasing the pitch of the elevators and therefore causing the nose to rise. I’m aware that my explanation wasn’t necessarily the most comprehensive, but it basically sums up what “rotate” means.

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It’s when they hit takeoff speed they say V1 which means baiscly you ain’t gona stop after that so you have to takeoff it was on aircraft investigation.

In basic terms you pull on the yoke and take off, that’s what rotate means

Geez…could you make it any harder for the poor guy lol

Pilots…honestly, 😂😋😜😉

Rotate… Means pull up. You’ll hear it on take off.

In laymans terms…get this big hunk of metal off the ground, now


its not always before V2, it depends on the runway length… if the runway is short, they might rotate after V2


Google never fails!


Good on Wikipedia for using a Russian aircraft.

No it’s not. V1 is the point in which they don’t have enough runway to stop. V1 and Rotate and different things. Rotate is when they pull back on the yoke/sidestick, the nose lifts off the ground, and the planes flies. V1 isn’t the speed in which they could start to fly, V1 is simply when they don’t have enough runway to stop.


MaxSez: Rotate/Speed & Decision Points; FAR 25 Refer
V1 is the takeoff decision speed - if an engine failure occurs below this speed you abort or reject the takeoff. If it occurs above this speed you continue the takeoff.

Vr is the rotation speed - where the nose gear is raised off the runway surface, but must allow the aircraft to accelerate to V2 before the aircraft reaches 35ft above the takeoff surface.

V2 is the takeoff safety speed - this minimum speed must be reached before the aircraft reaches 35ft above the takeoff surface with one engine inoperative. It guarantees a specific climb gradient up to 1500ft for obstacle clearance. From the time the landing gear is retracted until 400ft (second takeoff segment), it guarantees a 2.4%, 2.7%, and 3.0% climb gradient for 2-, 3-, and 4-engine airplanes. Above 400ft (final takeoff segment) to 1500ft the climb gradients are 1.2%, 1.5%, and 1.7% for 2-, 3-, and 4-engine airplanes.

Vfto - the minimum speed for the enroute climb above 1500ft until the aircraft reaches a cruise altitude. (The FAR & Google iare yr Friend, make an effort)


You are wrong. It is “V1 rotate.”

Rotate simply means pull the nose up. And they say it only on takeoff when they reach V1

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Doesn’t the V2 mean when the gearlever will pul up?

V2 means when you can safely climb with one engine.

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