What is the landing rollout distance on a Pilatus Porter?

We were up in one of these aircraft the other day and it seemed like we were stopped in a very short distance upon landing. And we were on an icy hard packed snow strip.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    "The PC-6 is noted for its Short Take-off and Landing (STOL) performance on almost any type of terrain - it can take off within a distance of 640 feet (195 m) and land within a distance of 427 feet (130 m) while carrying a payload of 3,300 lbs (1,500 kg) (The length of a soccer field is enough, Pilatus test pilots were able to land on not much more than 164 feet (50 m) of space). Thanks to its STOL performance, the PC-6 holds the world record for highest landing by a fixed wing aircraft, at 18,865 feet (5,750 m), on the Dhaulagiri glacier in Nepal."


    Official Pilatus specs:


    Take-off distance over 50 ft (15 m) obstacle (STOL) 1,444 ft 440 m

    Landing distance over 50 ft (15 m) obstacle (STOL) 1,033 ft 315 m

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I don't know what the actual roll out distance is, but it looks like it's about the length of the fuselage.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I have seen a PC-6 landing on a Polish runway -

    That is on a 10,000 ft x 150 ft runway -

    They landed on the width of that runway - then took off again -

    Runway was wide enough (10,000 ft was ok for the wing span) -

    ROFL -

    Was at the Mojave Air Races airshow - back in the 1970s -

    Source(s): Retired pilot
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