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    Amazing Plane Landing on Helipad!

    Red Bull stunt pilot lands plane on 700ft-high Burj Al Arab 78' wide helipad!

    Lots of videos on youtube on this, including the planning and how they did it.


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    His balls must be about the size of that helipad!......Ben
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    Dat ain't nuttin boys

    An Alaskan bush pilot would regard that as major airport

    This is a modified Piper Cub with balloon tires for landing on gravel bars and the tundra.

    Their "normal" short landing approach is a bit novel. Imagine a "runway" running east to west. If they are landing into an east wind they will pass the landing spot going west, then when past the spot they will make a sharp "U" turn as they drop the inside wing tip toward the ground---now in the reversed direction they land into the wind.

    The reason for the "hairpin" approach is that they can shed altitude without adding speed since they loose lift in the sharp turn and the plane simply drops while on it's side.
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    Dave's post made me wonder what the record for the shortest STOL might be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    Dave's post made me wonder what the record for the shortest STOL might be.

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    That may be the observed record but , I can tell you I have landed much shorter than that . Many times I have landed and had to keep power on just to avoid going backwards. Get the gear on the ground and apply power to stay on the runway AFTER landing across rather than along the runway . Check Salina or Topeka Ks. with a 40 -50 kt wind. C !72 full flaps. You STOP forward motion without applying power .
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    If you look at the video I linked to it seems to be close to zero (but unofficial)----it demonstrates part of their often used technique where they pull up right at the end and drop down while in a stall.

    Dick's comments make me recall a landing in Grand Rapids MI going into a head wind---the plane would not land---it is a good thing that is a long runway
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    650 practice landing attempts is a level of commitment I doubt I could match.

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