Modification index

There are few aircraft that leave the factory configured exactly how a backcountry pilot would prefer; that's just the nature of pilots. Everyone has a different idea of what's valuable to the mission, and even missions can change. Many aircraft that have become popular with bush pilots and off-airport work were never intended to be used that way by the design engineers, but the industry has adapted to this specialized form of operation.

Since this is a rabbit hole, we'll ease into it slowly by organizing it into major sections of the airframe and powerplant.

For a list of modifications for a specific aircraft type, start in the List of backcountry aircraft.

Avionics and instrumentation

Self explanatory.

Baggage and seating

Extended baggage, jumps seats, cargo options.


This will include engine upgrades and directory of popular STC's.

Landing gear

This will include tires, wheels, gear legs, suspension, tailwheel and nosewheel mods.


This will include propellers and directory of STC's.


This will include STOL wing cuff, flap, and wing tip/extension mods.

STOL kits

STOL kits usually include a riveted-on leading edge augmentation that changes the camber of the wing for better low speed flying characteristics.

Vortex generators

VG's are small tabs that work like tiny fences to stabilize the air flow over the wing, and help prevent boundary layer detachment at high angles of attack.

Wingtip extensions

Many aircraft are undergunned in the wing area department. Adding inches helps to produce more lift at slower speeds, given adequate power.

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While this knowledge base is a compilation of information from various sources, some official in nature, it is not a recognized or acredited source of aviation training information, and thus should be considered entertainment. Please consult a FAA-certificated flight instructor or mechanic prior to putting any information found here into practice.