Airport Madness 3D

Airport Madness 3D

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Twelvefield Dec 18, 2016 @ 12:59pm
Great work on Castlegar! I am so pleased it turned out so well. I've driven by any number of times, but never flew in or out of there. After aborting a landing for an A320 and then watching it attempt the forbidden LEFT exit, I know why it's better to visit Castlegar by car!
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cHabu Dec 21, 2016 @ 4:22am 
The new airport looks awesome and the new added aircraft types give it a brand new experience. The Gulf-6 is a danger to us all with its higher speed.
TenaciousViking Dec 21, 2016 @ 7:29am 
Playing Castlegar makes you appreciate skilled pilots.
bigfatsimulations  [developer] Dec 25, 2016 @ 1:19pm 
Believe it or not, I used to fly cargo planes in to Castlegar. Beautiful airport, but unforgiving terrain. We used to call it Cancel-gar.
Twelvefield Dec 25, 2016 @ 11:13pm 
So that's why Castlegar! Although I agree, it's a beautiful airport and the scenery is amazing but not great for airplanes. I've visited it oin the road many times, and tested my nerve with the short runway in FSX. I'm very pleased that it's in your game!

For those that aren't familiar with British Columbia, Canada, Castlegar is a small city in the alpine interior. Highway 3 runs through the mountains and into the valley, providing a unique bird's eye view of the runway of CYCG.

Here's the Google Map™ view:,-117.6237522,3a,75y,359.43h,69.32t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sj4hWAiYr6ijP7cv4vHaaug!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

The reason you get the view is because the highway comes cascading off of the west face of a mountain and into the valley. This is the same mountain that is as the very foot of the runway, and is made entirely of the basic rocky material that airplanes cannot fly through. Just to make sure of things, there is another mountain at the other end of the runway.

To approach or exit, as I recall, you have to either thread the mountains or make a sharp hooking approach across the valley. On the approach plate (the map that tells pilots how to navigate the immediate area of sky around an airport) Castlegar features large parts of crosshatched areas representing death zones. You can't use the runway at night or in low visibility.

However, it's the only concrete runway long enough to accept a 737-type passenger jet for miles around. I dimly recall a Las Vegas gambling charter that operated out of CYCG in the 1980's or 90s. They'd collect mostly seniors from old folks' homes all through the region and cram them into an early generation 737, one without winglets and with eyebrow windows, that vintage. It would take off engines howling and belching black smoke since the operator didn't seem to be able to spend enough on maintenance. The biggest gamble was getting on that plane.

After a while, the operator ran out of funds and the jet was parked permanently on the apron near the terminal. You could see it gleaming from the highway. Eventually, someone either took it apart or flew it out to be decommissioned, since I don't believe that plane is there anymore.
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