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I am acquiring an amphibious 701 with Rotax 914 turbo, and constant speed prop. Can't wait to get to know it.
I live on a lake , so water ops are no problem. But, need some advice on possible land ops.
My property has a 300' stretch that could be used as a strip. Wires at one end will mean one way ops. 25' trees at other end, about 50' beyond threshold.
I am a 4500 hour, Comml & Inst guy with lots of experience on grass. But zero time in a 701 , and strips this short.
I live on the west coast of Florida, so DA can be a factor.
My question to you experienced guys - Is this doable, safely. Or, am I just a little too far to the " don't do it " side ?
Thanks for any advice you can give. Would love to hear fro,m folks that have really short strips.
I currently operate from my home where I have a 900' strip with 30' trees on the south end and 50' on the north end. I land to the north towards where the tallest trees loom. The longest landing I have made used 700' of runway which to me did not make me very comfortable. This was on a hot day with slight downwind breeze and I was a little high and fast over the south trees. I believe and use the information at the acomodata web site. If you follow his guidelines, I think you will be fine. Liftoff in 150' is easy without doing anything radical. Liftoff in a short field and climbing over tall obstacles with no bailout would be dangerous in my opinion.
Niol Lockington's well researched handling notes are my bible - take a look at this http://www.acomodata.com/zenair701/ 300ft/100m with those obstacles - not for me and my 701!
Niol considers - and I copy - as follows: In my humble opinion any strip with a fence at each end less than 200 m long requires the pilot to be well versed with the STOL capabilites of the 701 and I believe it’s absolute minimum length, in still air, fenced at both ends, level, at sea level and moderate temperatures is 100m with no margin for error.
I think that you are a bit on the wrong side of landing. Just MAYBE enough room for a take off.
Once you look at it from the air, you will change your mind.
Just was dreaming !!
300 feet? You need a helicopter!
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