Unbelievable Short Take-Off and Landing (STOL) Videos

Unbelievable Short Take-Off and Landing (STOL) Videos

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The video below is of  STOL competition at the Valdez Fly-In and Air Show in Alaska 2017



Knik River island takeoff and landing by  SQ-12


STOL is an acronym for a short takeoff and landing aircraft

STOL aircraft have short runway requirements for takeoff and landing.

Many STOL-designed aircraft also feature various arrangements for use on runways with harsh conditions.

STOL aircraft, including those used in scheduled passenger airline operations, have also been operated from STOLport airfields which feature short runways.


Many fixed-wing STOL aircraft are bush planes, though some, like the De Havilland Canada Dash-7, are designed for use on prepared airstrips

likewise, many STOL aircraft are taildraggers, though there are exceptions like the PAC P-750 XSTOL, Quest Kodiak, de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter and the Peterson 260SE.

Autogyros also have STOL capability, needing a short ground roll to get airborne, but capable of a near-zero ground roll when landing


Runway length requirement is a function of the square of the minimum flying speed , and most design effort is spent on reducing this number.

For takeoff, large power/weight ratios and low drag help the plane to accelerate for flight.

The landing run is minimized by strong brakes, low landing speed, thrust reversers or spoilers.

Overall STOL performance is set by the length of runway needed to land or take off, whichever is longer


Unbelievable Short Take-Off and Landing (STOL) Videos

Normally, a STOL aircraft will have a large wing for its weight.

These wings often use aerodynamic devices like flaps, slots, slats, and vortex generators.

Typically, designing an aircraft for excellent STOL performance reduces maximum speed, but does not reduce payload lifting ability.

The payload is critical, because many small, isolated communities rely on STOL aircraft as their only transportation link to the outside world for passengers or cargo

examples include many communities in the Canadian north and Alaska

Most STOL aircraft can land either on- or off-airport. Typical off-airport landing areas include snow or ice, fields or gravel riverbanks, and water:

These areas are often extremely short and obstructed by tall trees or hills.

Wheel skis and amphibious floats combine wheels with skis or floats, allowing the choice of landing on snow/water or a prepared runway

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