Chief Engineer said:
Hi, looking for some first hand info. Can the Aurora operate on a gravel runway and which Arctic runways have they operated out of? From what I have read it can operate on 6000ft runways or greater correct?
Appreciate the answers
"Can" but would be for emergency landing only; the Aurora has low-mounted, dihedral
wings, which places the flaps very close to the ground compared to other aircraft like a Herc or Twin Otter. It was trialed in the past and resulted in flap damage.
For landings, the flaps are usually in "land" selection; first pic is a freeze frame of "land flaps" just at touch down (smoke from the port Main Landing Gear) of a landing into Oslo in 2018. On unprepared runways, the MLG throws up rocks/gravel/etc. The flaps are very low to the ground, especially closer to the wing root/fuselage. Walking around/under the wings I'd hit my head on them if they are down at all. I attached a better freeze frame from a landing video of "land flap" closer to the wing root, gives a better idea of just how low the flaps drop down. And, for comparison, the port wing with flaps "up/retracted".
The flight deck can do an "approach-flap" landing but, that is usually when you are light, or coming in fast(er). * non-flight deck-guy explanation..*