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Joaquin Blanco
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Colorado Ski County is great for this stuff.

 

ASE has one of the steepest glide ratios of any airport in the US. The departure procedure is pretty hairy as well. The airport is restricted to a wingspan of 95' or less though, so, 737-6/7/8/900 can't get in there. Weight might be an issue too, and 737s aren't seen flying in to ASE that I'm aware of.

 

Speaking of departures, EGE, just to the north, has a nuts departure procedure to the west. The approaches aren't all that insane, but very pretty, and very LONG. They handle 757s regularly during Ski Season.

 

I dunno... the mountain airports have an awful lot of challenging procedures, but challenging and airliner-sized aircraft don't often mix. Try some of these technical approaches to tiny airports in a Lear, then see what you think It opens up a lot more real estate for sure!

 

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The VOR/GPS B approach into PSP (Palm Springs) is a pretty good one http://www.naco.faa.gov/d-tpp/0808/00545VGB.PDF You got some cliffs to worry about on either side. I would recommend a teardrop into the hold. Actually, thats the only way, or your gonna hit the mountains.

 

 

How you enter the hold is totally dependent on what direction you are approaching the holding fix from... teardrop is not the only way to enter the hold at TRM on that approach.

 

It's definitely a fun one. I enjoy seeing traffic in and out of there while working SOCAL combined (now that they've incorporated PSP TRACON into the SOCAL TRACON).

 

Some other good ones I've flown and would recommend (with regards to complexity with terrain) include:

 

VOR/DME-A into Ramona (RNM) - SOCAL TRACON - San Diego sector.

LOC 27 into San Diego Intl-Lindbergh Field (SAN) - SOCAL TRACON - San Diego sector.

Four Stacks Visual runway 15 into Burbank-Bob Hope - SOCAL TRACON - Burbank sector.

VOR-C into Henderson - Las Vegas TRACON.

Anytime Las Vegas-McCarran Intl goes into east/north ops, conducting visuals/instrument approaches to the 1s/7s there is quite entertaining with the terrain - Las Vegas TRACON.

 

 

Regards,

 

AJ

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Flew into ASE once on an ATR72 and with ATC and quite a bit of traffic around and it was

very challenging and enjoyabe, one of the best ever. Haven't tried any of the other airports

yet so it looks as if I'm going to be busy for a while.....

 

Thank you guys.

 

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Joaquin Blanco

 

 

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I dunno... the mountain airports have an awful lot of challenging procedures, but challenging and airliner-sized aircraft don't often mix. Try some of these technical approaches to tiny airports in a Lear, then see what you think Very Happy It opens up a lot more real estate for sure!

 

Blasphemer! How dare you suggest people on VATSIM fly something other than an airliner!

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A few other interesting/challenging/difficult approaches:

Mercer County, West Virginia (KBLF)- 100+ ft dropoffs at each end of RWY 5/23

Taos, NM (KSKX)- the cl[Mod - Happy Thoughts]ic "black hole" airport

Santa Paula, CA (KSZP)- interesting airport with buildings close to the runway....a crosswind could make things very interesting.

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Some other good ones I've flown and would recommend (with regards to complexity with terrain) include:

 

Funny that all of your list is fully within the ZLA airspace

 

Well, what can I say? The ZLA airspace happens to have some complex terrain... which is what the author of this post was looking for with his approach preferences!

 

 

 

-AJ

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Here's a good list, too.

 

Roaring Forks Visual Runway 15 into Aspen (ASE) - Aspen TRACON

ILS Runway 32 into Buckey (BKF) - D01 TRACON - Buckley Sector

ILS Runway 16L into DEN - D01 TRACON - Denver Sectors

VOR-DME B into Hayden (HDN) - Denver Center - Yampa Valley Sector

LOC/DME into Telluride (TEX) - Denver Center - Telluride Sector

NDB Runway 35L into Colorado Springs (COS) - Colorado Springs Sectors

LDA/DME Runway 29 into Grand Junction (GJT) - Denver TRACON - Grand Junction Sector!

 

Although these are legit, I'm just joking !

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  • 4 weeks later...

I'll chime in.

 

Four Stacks Visual into Burbank (BUR). Don't confuse BUR with VNY or WHP!

 

Full ILS or VOR/DME 17 into Victorville (VCV). The procedure turn is fun.

 

When configuration #6 is in use at LAS (landing 19L/R and 7R, departing 7L), the Stratosphere*cough*gag*hack*phlegm* right traffic visual approach to 19L or 19R. Buzz the needlepoint on the tower (there's a death drop and rollercoaster ride up there! Scare the riders! ) on the base turn inbound while left traffic ops are still being used. good stuff!*

 

I'll surely think of more, but those three stick out for right now.

 

BL.

 

* about 6 years ago (real world here) someone did an illegal BASE jump off the tower just as the rollercoaster was starting up and a Falcon jet had turned base INSIDE (south of) the tower he barely missed the wing. There's a picture of it out on google and a World's wildest something TV show somewhere..

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Not a "single" approach, but rather an approach sequence. When I lived up in New England, and PVD was landing 5. Sometimes for currency or just to have fun, would fly the VOR 34 into OQU, go missed, immediately onto the ILS 5 into PVD, go missed and then shoot the VOR/DME 34, circle to land 5 (with the arc) back into PVD.

 

When you're shooting the first approach, you're essentially briefing two approaches at once (for the ILS 5 as well). It's quite a challenge and fun to do under the hood. Definitely forces you to think well ahead of the airplane. Sometimes I'd get the published missed off the VOR 34, and sometimes I'd get an alternate missed which was essentially a vector to join the ILS 5 LOC.

 

For a single approach: ILS 27 into YKM (with the arc), or the ILS/DME 11 into CEC (north arc). Or, not sure if it's commercially served, but shoot the VOR/DME 15 into MTN down to minimums, then fly the missed.

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Just a comment Brad (sorry bit off topic)... the right-traffic stratosphere visual is no longer used (I think most are aware of that)... during normal ops at LAS - Config #1 25/19 op - this approach conflicts with the departure corridor too much which is why it was phased out (this is especially important for us on VATSIM now that LAS local is rolling-boundary notification with departures). Now they use a left-traffic visual (I run this on VATSIM as well) in which you cross over RELIN (25L Final Approach Fix) above the 25 arrivals and then descend, turn base direct the stratosphere tower to stay outside of the Nellis Airspace, then final abeam the tower for the 19s... when it's flown correctly - I've received awesome complements from pilots on this one! Worth a shot running it this way...

 

Add the left-traffic 19 visual at LAS to the challenging approaches - requires good situational awareness on the pilot-side AND it offers a great view of the strip (not to mention the potential for crossing traffic all around you as well).

 

 

 

-AJ

 

 

P.S. - They removed the roller coaster off of the top of the Stratosphere (too boring) - added a couple of new rides though (including one which hangs you off over the edge of the tower making you feel like you're going to drop to a horrendous death, and a swing ride which I believe might be the highest off the ground in the world...). The only original thing they still have is the big-shot on the top, I think...

 

Sorry for the excess info - I researched that city tremendously during my L30 training - I like to be familiar with local things in airspace I study and work

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