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Questions about skids or skis used as landing gear, most often by helicopters or by aircraft operating from snow-covered runways.

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Can ski-equipped aircraft land on a conventional runway?

These two aircraft operate in the Antarctic: the image shows their undercarriage adapted for the snow. The nearest plane (a DHC-6 Twin Otter) has had its wheels completely replaced with skis. The ...
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Are airplanes on skis considered to be the land or sea category?

If an airplane is on skis, would that fall under the airplane single/multi engine land categories based on the fact that they operate on land, or would it be considered more closely related to sea ...
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How is directional control during takeoff and landing maintained in tailwheel airplanes equipped with skis?

Reading this question got me wondering: From what I've heard and read about taildraggers, brakes are needed during takeoff and/or landing rolls to maintain directional control and prevent a ground ...
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Wheel or skid? Which advantages does each one have when used as the landing gear system compared to the other one?

I would like to discuss this topic in depth, as I have not found a clear answer yet. Which are the advantages of using skids instead of wheels (or viceversa) for the following considerations?: -As ...
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How does landing performance differ on water vs. ice vs. paved/grass runways?

It's a follow up from How do aircraft brake when using skis? Can someone give me data about difference between landing distance for each environment ? Paved Grass Water Snow/Ice Any aircraft is ...
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How do aircraft brake when using skis?

Planes use skis to land on ice/snow runaway. How can the plane brake in such conditions? Friction must be limited to allow takeoff and aerodynamic braking are not the main contributors to the ...
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