STOL Conversions

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Curious if anyone has experience or knows of someone who has had a
�Short Take-off and Landing� conversion on a Cessna 182 and how they
liked it. Intuitively it would seem this would substantially reduce
RLOC accidents. The Peterson conversion is the most intriguing
because they install a canard.
Asking Petersen anything that hints that you are not ordering from the
set menu, and right now! and you can expect the same service you would
get if you were at Seinfeld�s Nazi Soup Kitchen. When you request
info via their site you get a reply that a DVD has been sent and you
may send an inquiry after viewing the video. Be careful if you want a
response to not ask for any specific data supporting claims that their
plane is much safer � apparently they do not have any statistical

There are times you want to get from point A to B at mach speed. And
there are other times it would be great to cruise around at a stable
50 knots as you watch the bright gold clouds drifting into the canyons
at sunset along the California coast, hover around watching the flows
through volcanic vents on the Big Island, fly through the Grand Canyon
and actually have a chance to take in the view, spot whales breaching,
see a calving glacier, or just want to be up in the air with no
particular place to go - and save a buck or two on fuel.

As a practical matter this might make a higher powered aircraft as
good a choice as a DA20 or C172 for a novice pilot if the flight
handling characteristics are what they should be.

-- Richard Miles, January 24, 2009


Apparently, SPAM filters were blocking previous attempts to contact them, this is a response from Todd Peterson.

"... we currently have airplanes in fourteen countries and to my knowledge there has only been one fatal accident since 1986. A pilot was flying a 260SE into a short strip when he realized he was approaching down wind too late. Rather than just doing a go around he attempted some heavy maneuvering in a very, very tight canyon and let it nose in. Of course he purchased the airplane on the used market and had never received any dual in the airplane. We have heard of a few engine out emergencies over the years and everyone remarked at how the slow approach, touch down and short landing roll proved safer than anything else out there."

-- Richard Miles, February 8, 2009