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Paul Airlines Special Operations presents:
Short Fields Tours, Bush & VFR flying
Your starting point
adventures is Mezza Petaluma short field (California)
WEST USA Short Fields Round Robin
our bravest bush pilots, I propose the “Very short airstrip
North-West USA Round Robin”. It was certainly a real challenge to
comprehensive tour including exclusively the shortest airfields,
ranging from only
800 to 1’600 feet long. Furthermore, the
whole tour is made of short hops of about 30 minute’s flight each,
easy for anyone to find the time to have a go.
Our departure airport is
Mazza Petaluma airfield in the San Francisco (Ca) area.
The only question now is:
have you got the guts to face up this experiment?
All pilots who will
complete all the legs of a "short fields Round Robin" will have their
name entered in the Special
Operations Hall of Fame and receive an award. Just inform me when you
have completed the last leg by sending me the date of flight for each
leg. Your automatic flight sim log will keep the record...
at an airstrip where you don’t see the strip from far out requires that
make some simple calculations. In the backcountry we don’t often use
3-degree glide path; rather, a 4- to 5-degree approach angle provides
obstacle clearance and a better sight view for making timely glide path
adjustments. If, for example, we decide to use a 4-degree angle, then
be 400 feet above the runway at 1 mile from the threshold. If the
cannot be seen until one-half mile out, you should be 200 feet above
And if you can’t see the approach end until arrival on a one-quarter
final, you should be 100 feet above the runway surface.
To achieve a 4.5-degree approach angle,
multiply the ground speed (in knots) by 8 to obtain the rate of descent
in feet per minute. While maintaining the approach airspeed, adjust the
power to obtain the rate of descent and align the windshield mark with
the aiming point on the runway.
had to list only one problem that plagues students during a short-field
it would be the lack of airspeed control. A mere 10-percent increase in
approach speed equates to a 21-percent increase in landing distance.
percent might not sound like a lot, but where the normal approach speed
knots, it takes only 6 knots to increase the landing distance
Copyright Yoland Grosjean -
Special Operations manager - St Paul Airlines Virtual Revised in 2015