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

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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 aircaft 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 ...