Hillside Landings in a Sport Cub

  • Jun 14, 2014 8:37am GMT

It may seem strange, but a lot of the fun of flying for me comes when landing. It's exciting and challenging at the same time. So when I needed a biennial a short time ago my friend Brandon at Table Rock Aviation decided to "step it up a notch" by practicing landings at a runway that's just a tad ... different.

The private runway is located in the Appalachian foothills in western North Carolina. It's about 1200 feet long and has close to a 16% grade. All landings are done uphill with the takeoffs downhill regardless of the wind direction. Care must be made when landing to keep enough forward momentum to make it to the top of the hill. If you stop mid-way you run the risk of not having enough power to pull yourself back up.

It was a lot of fun and definitely a cool way to practice those tailwheel skills. The next time I go back I'll be sure to bring my tent.