I do not have any actual numbers on short field takeoff with flaps, but I can get out of a 2000' field that has a true 50' obstacle with two people on a warm day. It is a bit close for my comfort, but it has been done. I have measured my takeoff on pavement at 500'. That is with no flaps.
Hi Fredrick, Fully loaded at gross I rotate at about 55 kts, no flaps. With just me in the plane, with half flaps, about 48 kts. Soft field take-off on asphalt with full flaps, I've had it float off at 44 kts. Never been on sod, but in sand I know I get off within 500 ft. Almost all of my operating is from regular airports and I've never paid a lot of attention to the measurements. The only sod in southern California is in parks. By the time I get to the departure end of most runways they're far below and not a factor. As far as what a lot of people say about the elevator, I don't find it to be sensitive myself—just precise and more capable in dirty air. I wish the ailerons were as "sensitive." —Ted
I have been flying a 601xl with the 3300 ans most times i can get it of the ground 600 or so , its not bad . the one thing i dont like with this setup is that i dont have elveator authority till it ready to fly , then its uber sensitive!!
i cant get the nose up to get it of the ground or to just get the wieght of the nose
so your kind of rolling through all the bumps. i have seen other guys reveres the gear
what are you building ? or have one started?
its not bad of grass definattly better than a Sonex!!
Unfortunatly my plane has not flown yet. It will be in the spring. You could send a message to Tracy Buttles. He has flown a XL out of our airport quite a few times. That one had a 3300 Jabiru. If you have trouble getting with him let me know.
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