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Canadian Xpress October 2021 Monthly Challenge: Scenic Approaches XII - Barra

Marc Wheeler

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Barra Airport also known as Barra Eoligarry Airport is a short-runway airport situated in the wide shallow bay of Traigh Mhor at the northern tip of the island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. The airport is unique in that it is the only one in the world where scheduled flights use a tidal beach as the runway. The airport is operated by Highlands and Islands Airports Limited, which owns most of the regional airports in mainland Scotland and the outlying islands. Barra Airport opened in 1936. The airport's only destination is Glasgow.

The beach is set out with three runways in a triangle, marked by permanent wooden poles at their ends, in directions 07/25, 11/29, 15/33. This almost always allows the Twin Otters that serve the airport to land into the wind. At high tide these runways are under the sea; flight times vary with the tide. Emergency flights occasionally operate at night from the airport, with vehicle lights used to illuminate the runway and reflective strips laid on to the beach.

Not only is Barra one of the most scenic airport approaches in the world, but it also ranks #5 on one of the most dangerous approaches as well due to high winds, and the runway spending 8 or more hours a day underwater.

Your mission is to fly from Glasgow Prestwick (EGPK) to Barra (EGPR) with the Canadian Xpress freeware or payware Cessna C208B Grand Caravan or DeHavilland DHC-6 Twin Otter.

Join Canadian Xpress today at https://canadianxpress.ca in order to participate as there are some great prizes to be won including: 
• Aerosoft Products
• Bonus Flight Hours
• Canadian Xpress® Monthly Challenge Award

The October 2021 Monthly Challenge is open to all Canadian Xpress® pilots from October 1st until October 29th, 2021. 




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