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STOL is an acronym for "short takeoff and landing".

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Is the clamshell on the AN-72 what causes the Coanda effect?

The AN-72 uses the Coandă effect to improve lift and give it better STOL features. In this image of an AN-72 (presumably on a takeoff roll) one can see a clam-shell bucket open at the top of the ...
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Would spinning bush planes' tundra tires in flight be useful?

Short take off and landing bush planes are often fitted with very large diameter and width tires, so called tundra tires so that rough terrain can accomodate to the plane when both meet. Sometimes ...
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What size jet engines would it take to make a Cessna 140 hover?

I'm building a STOL bush plane using 4 jet engines located at 4 different points on the aircraft. I would like to know what size jet engines it would take to hover something like a Cessna 140.
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Are there any aircraft that are capable (or can be modified) to be bush planes for cargo

Are there any STOL planes that are cargo carrying bush planes? (or can be modified to be bush planes for carrying cargo out of remote areas?). I have clarified my question, based on feedback from the ...
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Why, on a short-field takeoff, are we taught to run the engine to full power before releasing the brakes?

TLDR; See Update #2 and #3. The FAA on the one hand says "It has not been established that this procedure results in a shorter takeoff run... " but then requires the same procedure as part ...
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What caused this crash landing?

Watching this video, my attention was triggered by the quite firm right rudder deflection, just before the right wing stalls. There's no information about what ...
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Would this concept of Autogyro/Gyroplane be efficient or practical?

First, i'm quite ignorant on aerospace engineering, so I hope I don't make too many incorrect assumptions. If you don't know what an Autogyro/Gyroplane is, here is the Wikipedia article of it. The ...
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What is this high-wing single-engine plane performing a short landing?

Source: Shortest Landing!!! Severe Headwind! Aircraft hovers and vertically touches down! (YouTube) What is this high-wing single-engine plane performing a short landing?
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How can this STOL plane fly so slow?

This plane's ground speed looks slower than a person's walking speed, maybe 10km/h!? It can not be possible that an airflow of 10km/h around wings keep plane in the air. What is the key for such a ...
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Why/How does the Pilatus PC6 Approach nose-down?

How is it possible, and why? Why is the aircraft not overspeeding? I understand it has beta thrust, so would that be an explanation? What are the advantages to such a steep approach?
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What will be the lift generated by the in-wing free spinning gyros in this design?

Gyrocopters feature a free spinning rotor that generates lift. In this design I have included four free spinning rotors inside the wing of a Cessna 172. Although it will not allow it to take off ...
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Would a two-seat light fixed-wing aircraft with a landing speed of 20 knots and a top speed of 180 knots be technically possible?

Watching helicopters come in to land, on occasion, I have noticed that they approach with a forward speed of a few knots, never land straight down. If there is sufficient landing space, would it be ...
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What are the STOL features on the Pilatus PC-6 Porter?

What's so special about the Pilatus PC-6 Porter that makes it a world-leading STOL aircraft? How do its features work?
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What makes an airplane STOL?

I watch STOL pilot champs Zenith CH701 here. The engine power are: 130 HP, 80 HP, 120 HP and 100HP, respectively. Amazing. As per my observation, the third airplane ...
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What are the main factors that make an aircraft have good STOL performance?

What are some of the main characteristics and design principles utilized to make an aircraft have good STOL performance? As a bonus, what are some disadvantages to some of those characteristics and ...
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Are STOL kits that use leading edge slats available for 'typical' GA aircraft?

Has anyone tried fitting leading edge slats to any of the 'typical' general aviation aircraft? If so, are the benefits worthwhile? I know they're available for the Piper Super Cub, but I haven't been ...
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Why are almost all STOL aircraft high-wing?

Isn't ground effect a big factor in STOL operations? Don't low wings produce greater ground effect than high wings? Or is it a practical concern, that most real-world STOL operations are in ...
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Could the Cruise-Efficient STOL configuration be as efficient as a conventional airliner?

The Cruise-Efficient Short Take Off and Landing (CESTOL) is a NASA project. There is a video here: The configuration is a conventional fuselage at the very front of ...
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