Mary took this picture of N63PZ taking off at Brodhead. Destination: Oshkosh.

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Comment by Patrick Hoyt on April 6, 2014 at 12:58pm

Hard to say.  Density Altitude is the key.  I've taken 1200 feet on a summer afternoon loaded with gas and passenger on grass.  On the flip side, I've got off the ground (pavement) in a few hundred feet (or less) on cold winter days when the density altitude was in the minus thousands of feet.  I have a Youtube video out there that shows N63PZ getting off the ground in a hurry a while back, in winter.  Google "n63pz cold weather performance" and you'll find it.... 

I bet one of the STOL's could get off the ground without fully rotating a tire on some of these winter days, given uber-low density altitude and a headwind.

Comment by Ken Pavlou on April 5, 2014 at 10:43pm

Nice photo,  How much longer was your take-off roll on grass?

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