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Tour of the hardest approaches in Europe


Alessio Prencia
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Hello guys, I'm trying to make a list of the hardest approaches in Europe so that I can make a "hard approach tour" out of them. I have made a list and hopefully you can help me add destination to it. I'm looking for obscure ones especially because I'm tired of the usual Innsbruck and Madeira. The only requirement is that the airport has to have charts. So here's what I have so far:

LICR
LPMA
LYTV
LOWI
LGSK
LGKR
LAKU
LXGB
LGSM
BIAR
LQMO
LDSB
LSZA
LSGS
LDSP
LTFE
LOWS
LFKJ
EKVG
ENSB
ENSD

 

 

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I like the DME arcs. This is an easier appetizer without pesky mountains: Santorini LGSR VORb to RWY33.

I agree with Skiathos LGSK (L) RWY 19 + 01 (VOR/DME out, NDB in).

 

 

Can you amend your list with which approach(es) you exactly mean for that airport? I think that would make the list more useful to others.

 

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33 minutes ago, Jonas Eberle said:

I like the DME arcs. This is an easier appetizer without pesky mountains: Santorini LGSR VORb to RWY33.

I agree with Skiathos LGSK (L) RWY 19 + 01 (VOR/DME out, NDB in).

 

 

Can you amend your list with which approach(es) you exactly mean for that airport? I think that would the list more useful to others.

 

LICR (LOC RNW 33)
LPMA (RNP Visual RNW 05)
LYTV (NDB Z-Y RNW 14)
LOWI (Visual APP circle to land RNW 08)
LGSK (LCTR APP, Both runways)
LGKR (LCTR A, RNW 34)
LAKU (RNP (PLUS VISUAL) RNW 19)
LXGB (VISUAL)
LGSM (NDB APP)
BIAR (LOC ASR RNW 01)
LQMO (ILS Z RNW 33)
LDSB (VOR A)
LSZA (CIRCLE TO LAND AND IGS RNW 01)
LSGS (IGS RNW 25)
LDSP (VISUAL RNW 23)
LTFE (VOR A AND NDB A)
LOWS (RNP VISUAL V RNW 33)
LFKJ (VPT B RNW 20)
EKVG (MY NDB)
ENSB (RNP RNW 28)
ENSD (RNP RNW 08)

 

Here you go mate

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On 12/31/2021 at 8:36 AM, Jonas Eberle said:

I like the DME arcs. This is an easier appetizer without pesky mountains: Santorini LGSR VORb to RWY33.

I agree with Skiathos LGSK (L) RWY 19 + 01 (VOR/DME out, NDB in).

 

 

Can you amend your list with which approach(es) you exactly mean for that airport? I think that would make the list more useful to others.

 

 

+1 on Skiathos. That's Europe's TNCM. if you get the chance to visit that island, do so. the landing traffic is just as exciting as you'd see at TNCM.

BL.

 

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Brad Littlejohn

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On 1/4/2022 at 12:59 AM, Jonas Eberle said:

The circle-to-land in LOWI with Easterly winds requires a lot of of attention and judgement. (LOC 26 with breakoff and circle-to-land https://chartfox.org/LOWI#LOWI_98353)
The new RNP procedures everywhere take most of the fun out of it. Nowadays there's  a published RNP approach to RWY 08. Some years ago that was not available.

 

You've described the LOC DME EAST approach into RWY08, which is challenging, but definitely manageable for a good sim pilot.

If that's not enough fun for some folks, LOC DME WEST approach into RWY08 is even more challenging:

 

You basically overfly the airport from the west...

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about 5nm past the field, you turn right into right-hand downwind...

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fly on a 255° track, then 264° and at D14.2 OEJ you turn right into short final RWY08.

Or try LOC DME WEST for RWY26, which is a steep 225° right turn onto the 290° track after the LOC DME WEST procedure.

That's fun to fly, I guarantee!

 

On 12/31/2021 at 6:09 PM, Alessio Prencia said:

LICR (LOC RNW 33)
LPMA (RNP Visual RNW 05)
LYTV (NDB Z-Y RNW 14)
LOWI (Visual APP circle to land RNW 08)
LGSK (LCTR APP, Both runways)
LGKR (LCTR A, RNW 34)
LAKU (RNP (PLUS VISUAL) RNW 19)
LXGB (VISUAL)
LGSM (NDB APP)
BIAR (LOC ASR RNW 01)
LQMO (ILS Z RNW 33)
LDSB (VOR A)
LSZA (CIRCLE TO LAND AND IGS RNW 01)
LSGS (IGS RNW 25)
LDSP (VISUAL RNW 23)
LTFE (VOR A AND NDB A)
LOWS (RNP VISUAL V RNW 33)
LFKJ (VPT B RNW 20)
EKVG (MY NDB)
ENSB (RNP RNW 28)
ENSD (RNP RNW 08)

 

Here you go mate

 

Regarding LOWS: RNP V 33 is  just a wide 180° right hand turn from the north east of the field onto short final RWY 33.

A little more challenging is the circling RWY33 following an ILS15 approach:
Break off on a 125° track to the left at SI NDB and do a tight 210° right turn into final RWY33...

 

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22 hours ago, john charles said:

on the list above..no kase ?? 

 

 

Honestly, there are much much harder than KASE. I'd throw VNLK, VQPR, WMBT, and TFFJ in before KASE. And actually in that order. and if I remember right, WMBT has a checkerboard approach, similar to what Kai Tak had.

But as this list is for Europe, I'm surprised LFLJ is not on that list.

BL.

 

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