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Husky aircraft in the air. Image courtesy of Airliners.net

Short Field Take off and Landing in a Husky

Have you ever seen a shorter ground roll than the  one in this video?  No doubt the pilot is experiencing heavy winds, you can see it in his approach that the winds are quite gusty causing one of his wings to drop.

This type of plane is a very popular backcountry plane with great short field and soft field operations capabilities. Check out how little runway the pilot uses in this video, which looks like no more than 100 feet.

It’s likely so windy, that he probably needs to keep the brakes on just to keep from lifting off straight from the ground.  I’m not sure at the exact model of this Aviat Husky used in the video, but the Husky A-1C has a landing speed of approximately 50 knots.

Take-off distance with full flaps is about 200 feet, and landing distance is 350 feet.  He is clearly using much less than that on takeoff and landing, and he isn’t using any flaps.  So, it is obviously the wind that is helping him out with his short take-off and landing roll.

If you would like to see why wind allows a shorter takeoff and landing roll, check out our article on wind and performance and the video of a Super cub landing and taking off on a mountain ridge. See how heavy winds help a kit plane land and take off from a cargo ship.  Also, see what would likely happen to this plane had it been left unmanned and not tied down.

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Learning to fly at CYBW, no 6 for aircraft movements in Canada. I live in the Rockies, economist, writer, skier, climber, obsessed with mountains & aviation!