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Oct 22, 2017, 07:24 PM
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What size runway do I need for an average 160 size jet?


What length runway is recommended for a 160-180 size jet, both grass and asphalt?

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Oct 23, 2017, 09:22 AM
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Size of the plane doesn't always equate to runway length needed for landing. You could land a carf j-10 with a 200 size engine on a very short runway. If you state what plane(s) you are interested in, you will probably get some good info from those who are flying them.
Oct 23, 2017, 12:09 PM
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As mentioned above engine size has little to do with runway required. Wing loading and stall characteristics are the primary factors in runway needed.
Oct 23, 2017, 12:55 PM
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I have been looking at either a BVM l-39 or the Tomahawk L-39 if that helps.
Oct 23, 2017, 10:25 PM
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I have been looking at either a BVM l-39 or the Tomahawk L-39 if that helps.
Is this going to be a first turbine for you?
Oct 23, 2017, 11:01 PM
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The BVM/Jetlegend and the Tomahawk are two different animals in terms of work to complete and size. These bigger lighter loaded jets like the Tomahawk and the Skygate/ Carf Hawk can land slow on a short runway. Check out how slow this one comes in.

TOMAHAWK L-39 ALBATROS JET TRAINER RC GIANT SCALE - TIBENHAM TRIBUTE FLY-IN - 2016 (8 min 16 sec)
Oct 24, 2017, 10:41 AM
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I would say 500 feet long paved is the shortest and that would be a little tight. Anything over 500 feet and your golden.
Oct 25, 2017, 07:10 AM
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Yes, the L-39 would be my first Jet, I think it is a good plane, since it isn't extremely fast, I can use it in scale competitions and it is a versatile je, since I can learn the different tricks to fly a turbine aircraft and later on transition into aerobatics. If I am making a wrong decision please feel free to tell me.
Oct 25, 2017, 07:52 AM
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Yes, the L-39 would be my first Jet, I think it is a good plane, since it isn't extremely fast, I can use it in scale competitions and it is a versatile je, since I can learn the different tricks to fly a turbine aircraft and later on transition into aerobatics. If I am making a wrong decision please feel free to tell me.
How long and what type of planes have you been flying.
Oct 25, 2017, 08:14 AM
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How long and what type of planes have you been flying.
I have been flying for 5 years and Fly Scale, F3a and 3D aircraft.
Oct 25, 2017, 09:32 AM
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If you don't have access to a long runway like 700'+ , the pucker factor of trying to land a new 10 or $15,000 jet is high until you have it dialed in and are comfortable with it. I'm not sure how long your runway is. My opinion would be to look for something more economical, even used to get comfortable with turbine operations and get your waiver then go for one of these L-39's.
Oct 25, 2017, 10:41 AM
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If you don't have access to a long runway like 700'+ , the pucker factor of trying to land a new 10 or $15,000 jet is high until you have it dialed in and are comfortable with it. I'm not sure how long your runway is. My opinion would be to look for something more economical, even used to get comfortable with turbine operations and get your waiver then go for one of these L-39's.
Thanks for the Advice, I will look at it. I've got access to two runways, a 1000 foot asphalt runway and a 750 foot grass runway.
Oct 25, 2017, 07:53 PM
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I wish I had the luxury of a 1000 ft, 700 ft or even 500 ft runway. I regularly fly off 300 ft; you just have to make sure you touch down on the numbers and grab a whole lot of brake.
Oct 26, 2017, 12:13 AM
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Or if you fly like me a mile is safe..............

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Oct 26, 2017, 08:24 AM
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I wish I had the luxury of a 1000 ft, 700 ft or even 500 ft runway. I regularly fly off 300 ft; you just have to make sure you touch down on the numbers and grab a whole lot of brake.
You fly a jet off of a 300ft runway? Do all retracts come with brakes?


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