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    Default Full stop landing at 12,200 feet

    I went back to the spot I did a touch and go on a few weeks ago, and thought I'd give it another try. The FX-3
    is just an incredible airplane, even at altitude.



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    Default Re: Full stop landing at 12,200 feet

    Thatís a long way up there. Very nice. Did you notice what your ground speed was at touchdown?

    Looks like youíre using 2 notches of flap for takeoff. Thatís what I like too.
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    Default Re: Full stop landing at 12,200 feet

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan L View Post
    Thatís a long way up there. Very nice. Did you notice what your ground speed was at touchdown?

    Looks like youíre using 2 notches of flap for takeoff. Thatís what I like too.
    My last recollection was a TAS of 56, and a GS of 50. It's always a choice between a stronger headwind to slow you down,
    and light winds to lesson the chance of a downdraft on the leeward side.

    I was only at 25% power on short final, and you have over 50% available for a go-around, but trying to touchdown on the uphill side is still concerning at that altitude. With a density altitude of 14,400', I knew the takeoff would be quite a bit longer, but heading downhill with two notches of flaps made it pretty uneventful. The only concern was making sure I got off before the bigger bumps at the bottom of the 'runway'. Those would have ruined my day. Things that looks small during a flyover, are much bigger when you are walking the area after touchdown.

    Definitely a cool place to fly, though.
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    Default Re: Full stop landing at 12,200 feet

    The video reminded me of a little flat spot I landed this spring. Not as high and it was colder too.

    Touchdown speed in the mid 40s. But no braking with the snow. Tailwind takeoff.

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    Default Re: Full stop landing at 12,200 feet

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan L View Post
    The video reminded me of a little flat spot I landed this spring. Not as high and it was colder too.

    Touchdown speed in the mid 40s. But no braking with the snow. Tailwind takeoff.

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    That looks smooth! I'll take it.

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    Default Re: Full stop landing at 12,200 feet

    Awesome landing. What was the ground speed? Armor Services Roofing

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    Default Re: Full stop landing at 12,200 feet

    I'm guessing under 50 GS when I touched down. Should have been slower, but knew I had enough rollout, and wanted enough speed for a go-around because of the high density altitude. Always a tradeoff when you're up that high.

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    Awesome landing. What was the ground speed? Armor Services Roofing

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