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As a 300 pound man I can tell you what’s missing from Vans line up .
At Burning Man there are two dedicated 5.000' runways, one for landing and one for taking off. You're not allowed to land anywhere else. 30 passenger jets out of Reno really tear them up. There's even a tower and you have to have a code to tell the tower for permission to land. Then..... you have to go through customs with lots of filled out paperwork and more money (besides the $450.00 dollar ticket.) You have to tape your plane up really well as the dust blows like crazy every afternoon. It's a 70,000 people party and in six days I saw at least 2,000 naked tits.I thought you take off and land directly on the dry lake up there?!?
Should be pretty smooth most of the time, unless the off-road 4x4 riders put ruts in it after a rain.
Tiny little Lamb tires on a Long-EZ though... I can see that a golf ball sized hole would be a big deal.
My work 1959 Cessna 172 was lighten up and flown in the Restricted Category would surprise you on what it would do. Even no paint except N numbers to save weight. Would average 800 fpm for the first 10,000'. Many,many hundreds of hrs at 12K.The big embarrassing secret in STOL flying is that the trike geared airplanes (172, 182) can and do reach a higher AoA on the ground than the taildraggers (170, 180). Simple geometry.
I guess it’s no secret that I tend to be kind of contrary but it always seemed to me like they named the wrong group of planes tail dragger‘s.The big embarrassing secret in STOL flying is that the trike geared airplanes (172, 182) can and do reach a higher AoA on the ground than the taildraggers (170, 180). Simple geometry.
That’s the plane I described in post 176.My boss has an old 182. Can't remember the year. Horton stol kit. Goes back and forth to Juneau almost every week. Has hauled many pounds. Basically, here at sea level and moderate temps, if it fits it Flys, even with all 4 seats full. Usually has 3hrs or more fuel on board too. Not the cheapest plane to own, but it is a real workhorse.
Now the really big secret is that a low wing like the Piper Cherokee with Johnson bar flaps can leap outta the mud with the instant ground effect a yank on the bar creates in ground roll.The big embarrassing secret in STOL flying is that the trike geared airplanes (172, 182) can and do reach a higher AoA on the ground than the taildraggers (170, 180). Simple geometry.