Episode #107 - "Uphill, Both Ways"

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Re: Episode #107 - "Uphill, Both Ways"

Postby Pilot_MKN » Thu Nov 13, 2008 3:12 pm

Who cares about Jeb, I just want to see the plane (and the Garmin)

just kidding, of course
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Re: Episode #107 - "Uphill, Both Ways"

Postby Vertolet » Sun Nov 23, 2008 3:00 pm

Just watched "Air America" last night after hearing about it from you, Jack. What an awesome (and ridiculous) film! I particularly like how anyone who's a 'pilot' is automatically capable and type-rated to fly anything from a DC-3 to a Huey. Loved that uphill airstrip, though! Great fun...

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Re: Episode #107 - "Uphill, Both Ways"

Postby jackhodgson » Sun Nov 23, 2008 6:49 pm

Yeah, I liked Air America for the flying stuff. But I haven't seen it in awhile. Guess I'll have to add it to my Netflix list.

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Re: Episode #107 - "Uphill, Both Ways"

Postby lucaberta » Fri Dec 05, 2008 3:58 am

Regarding uphill landings, James is spot on regarding landings you have to committ to, and nail if you want to keep the airplane in a single piece! And now Jeb is mentioning the altiport of Courchevel in the French alps, but we do have a few smaller ones in Italy too.

In France, there are a few "altiports", or airports at altitude, some of which need a special approval by the French DGAC like Courchevel. Jeb correctly remembers this video of a Baron landing at Courchevel:


More information about the runway and approach can be found here:


(text available only in italian, apologies!)

In Italy, we have a very pretty altiport on our side of the Alps we share with France and Switzerland with just a 210m grass runway, by the name of Chamois. 210m = 688 feet! Info here:


The runway seen from above, looks somehow normal:


But look at the view from the parking area where those two Flight Design CTs are parked! Where is the runway?? :D


Ah! There it is! Starting the downhill takeoff roll:




And climbout:


This video was shot by someone I know, who flew his LSA (I believe it's a Tecnam P92) and landed in Chamois, elevation 5800 feet:


Me, I haven't done it... yet! :)

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Re: Episode #107 - "Uphill, Both Ways"

Postby champguy » Fri Dec 05, 2008 12:36 pm

God that looks like fun. Just remember, Big Mountains, Big Air. There can always be surprises just when you think you are really cool.
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