Oooooooh yeah...Dash-7, all the way!
On a maximum performance landing the airplane will be stopped before the engines even reach maximum reverse thrust.
The Dash-7 can be certified for ILS approaches up to 7.5°...a normal ILS having 3°...and CAT 2 approaches down to 100ft/30m decision height and 300m/1000ft RVR.
Take-off and landing is where the Dash-7 shines. Maximum Vr
(rotation speed) is 85kts with an empty plane lifting off at 70kts. With maximum flaps Vref
(speed over threshold) is a leisurly 83kts at max landing weight and 70kts for an almost empty plane. This allows for a landing roll of as little as 125m/400ft.
Rumour has it that Dash 7s have turned off at by-pass intersections 70m/230ft beyond the threshold. Spoilers, anti-skid, and reverse make all this feel a lot more solid than light aircraft with comparable performance (e.g. Cessna 210, Cessna 340).
In addition, the Dash-7 operates into and out of Courchevel, an "altiport" in the French alps. Its single runway 05/23 is 525m (1720ft) in length with a slope of 12 to 18%. At 6369 to 6580ft (1941 to 2006m), it is one of the highest hard-surfaced airfields in Europe.
The Dash-7....a 44,000 pound, 54-passenger airliner, services it:
information from http://members.aon.at/~slenz/dash7.html and edited for context
Finally, here's a great flight report:
We were at Unst in the Shetland Island, landing distance available 2,001 feet. I had just landed a four-engined fifty-one seat airliner on that runway using barely half that distance...something that could not be done in many light twins. We had on board forty passengers and four crew; landing weight 40,350 pounds. If that seems impossible, then you obviously don't know the Dash 7.
Full text at http://members.aon.at/slenz/jones.html.
Dash-7 all the way!