I don't know how long of a distance it takes for most of you to land, but when diving in below the treeline from 200 feet I pick up tremendous
speed on my EasyStar to the point of hitting 50 mph and overshooting
the runway, ending up in the trees.
Of course I can land in 500 feet easy, but making my autopilot do it was
not. I was curious if anyone wanted to chime in on how they solved
their landing issues and minimizing the length of space required.
I was able to get mine down to 500 feet diving in from 200 feet and leveling off. The attached photo is my landing pattern.
1) Circle the landing zone, sample the winds
2) Go downwind
3) Turn for final approach
4) DIVE! with a feedback loop on airspeed able to do reverse thrust
5) flare and land.
My reverse thrust is done with a car speed controller. I can get +1 lb
thrust as well as -1 lb of thrust. (Wasn't expecting that either.) This
is just by running a typical 5x5 prop backwards!
The end result is that I slow down from 50 mph to 20 mph in a few seconds after the dive.