For safety’s sake, the FAA Flying Handbook says a blend of Vx and Vy is the best choice at airports with obstacles. And yet many pilots on takeoff will shove the throttle forward, rotate and then immediately allow the airplane to accelerate to a speed much faster than Vx. For some, this undoubtedly has to do with the fact that they’re intimidated flying at such a slow speed so near to the ground. If you fall into this group, ask an instructor to demonstrate a proper Vx climbout with you. The next time you must fly at Vx to safely clear obstacles, you’ll be glad you did.