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Jodel short strip capability

Postby bryanrawlings » Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:45 am

My local 590m grass strip is being shortened to 400m. (Part belongs to a different farmer). Too short for my PA28-161, which I have sold :cry: . I now have hangar space and need a short field aircraft to replace my PA28. Looking at taildraggers (would have to do type conversion, but look forward to the challenge). Was advised to look at Jodels, which really appeal to me. Went to see a DR1050 but told 400m too short for it. Reading forums, some say D150 will fly from 300m (and looks like a really great plane!), but another Jodel flyer says it’s not much different to DR1050.

The strip (Clutton Hill) has a moderate slope uphill to the West with no obstruction - in fact drops off at the end into a deep valley. To the East (downhill) a fence will be built, but otherwise clear. The grass is regularly cut short. I note that the D150 has a huge fuel capacity, so that could be reduced to fly lighter from the strip. I want to be able to fly with 2 POB, but also to be able to fly on my own without help (so need electric starter). I heard that there is a good D150 for sale. What to do??? Would value any advice, please.
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Re: Jodel short strip capability

Postby John Dean » Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:13 am

Sorry but I can't give you any ideas on how a Jodel D150 would operate from 400m but I operated a D120 from a 380m strip for many years along with two D117s and two up was no problem.

You have to be careful with how much weight you carry and be extremely accurate with your speed over the hedge when landing but apart from that the small Jodels make excellent short strip aircraft. Not sure about landing with a moderate downhill slope though.

If you need an electric starter then it is as well to know that most D112s don't have one.
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Re: Jodel short strip capability

Postby bryanrawlings » Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:04 pm

Thanks John, that is very useful info. At least I know now that some Jodels would suit my purpose - the D117 and the D120. I will look into the spec of those types, and also see if there are any for sale. Which did you prefer, the D120 or the D117? Would still be interested to know if anyone has experience of a D150 on a 400m strip.
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Re: Jodel short strip capability

Postby John Price » Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:38 pm

Maule?

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Re: Jodel short strip capability

Postby C Rule » Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:07 pm

How about a Super Stol
or a Groppo Trail
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Re: Jodel short strip capability

Postby Trevor Bates » Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:14 am

Hi I fly a 1050 out of 450mtr strip ,recently flew 2 pob Wrexham to Amiens 4 1/2 hrs fuel plus baggage.400mtr with good approaches,would be ok ,but you would have to watch the weight.having flown and owned a few as said the 120 ,117 are good,the D150 does not in my opinion climb or lift as well as a 1050,however I am obviously biased,hope this helps Trevor.
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