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That seems like a pretty intese slope for take off to me! I know that this plane is made for short runway take off/landings, but I didn't know it could take off at that steep of a slope.
|Quoting OzLAME (Reply 4):|
Papua New Guinea is full of airstrips on the sides of mountains. The hazardous part is landing; apparently some of them are so steep you have to apply full power at touchdown, otherwise you will go off them backwards.
|Quoting Mir (Reply 5):|
I should think that landing uphill would put a lot more stress on the landing gear from having to absorb part of the forward momentum of the plane in addition to the weight. In addition, there must come a point where the increased G-forces would be uncomfortable (or even dangerous) for the passengers and the airframe. I've taken off from and landed on slightly sloped runways before, but the slope was no more than .6%.
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