Comair used to operate CRJ-200's out of EYW
. Did it a few times myself. Made it no problem, especially with 20 degrees of flaps. Hell, Eastern used to take 727's in and out of EYW
. Short-field performance in the CRJ is at least average, however you can't land in EYW
with a wet runway. The reason you get the perception that CRJ's spend so much time on the runway is because of reduced thrust. GE
and Bombardier have calculated the minimum thrust setting required to safely depart the pavement while saving the engines. If there's 10000 ft of runway, no sense in aging an engine prematurely. Trust me, a CRJ can operate short field.