Posts Tagged ‘short-field landing’

Photo of the Day: Quest Kodiak

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Sometimes mistaken at first glance for a Cessna Caravan, the Quest Kodiak was designed specifically for bush flying (something the Caravan can’t claim, since it was intended to carry air freight from one hard surface to another). The Kodiak is quite at home in the backcountry and in remote mountainous areas. Quest Aircraft Co. was founded with the sole purpose to create an aircraft that would allow missionary and humanitarian organizations to safely perform their work around the world. The aircraft are built in Sandpoint, Idaho. As Senior Editor Dave Hirschman found when he flew the Kodiak, you can land the Kodiak gently, or you can land it short–but you can’t land it gently and short. He writes more in the March 2011 AOPA Pilot.—Jill W. Tallman

How short is short?

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

What’s the shortest runway you’ve ever landed on?

The runway at Sugar Valley Airport in Mocksville, N.C., shown here, is 2,424 feet long and 36 feet wide. That’s 36 feet–widened from 25 feet. There are trees at the approach end of Runway 20. No obstructions on the other end…but if you should run into the weeds, you might end up in in a little lake.

Seventeen-year-old Zahra Khan, who learned to fly at Sugar Valley, doesn’t know what all the fuss is about. To her, 2,424 feet long and 36 feet wide is perfectly natural. It’s what she trained on and what she’s comfortable with.  Many of you most likely are, too. We should all be so well-trained and comfortable.

What’s the shortest runway you’ve ever landed on? And when was the last time you practiced a short-field landing? Share in the Comments section. —Jill W. Tallman