The Takeoff is THE most dangerous part of any flight.

C172 — N54538 — Santa Ana > (practice area) — Performance T/O, Basics, Unassisted Landing — 1hrs

See, most people don't realize the Takeoff is THE most dangerous part of any flight. Already at full power and no altitude, a stall or an engine failure here leaves one with no option but get down quick and hope you live to tell the story. I mean, what if, right? Can't turn around 180 and expect to make the runway. Gotta keep going straight ahead, and minimize the turn to keep altitude. A nice open field... A road with no traffic... Something.

Me, I'm looking for a few emergency landing options at the far end of the runway BEFORE I ever get in the plane.

SNA, you climb at 60 kias for noise abatement, and that's pretty steep up. Then if the engine cuts out, you end up in the lower end of the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve.