This week, I purchased Aerosoft's Gibraltar. The previous week, I purchased from PCA Aust the Aerosoft (Fly Tampa) Hong Kong/Kai Tak.
This week, I noticed that in one of the lists of the world's 10 most extreme airports, they were listed, as were three of my other airports - Aerosoft's Lukla and McMurdo ice runway (Antarctica X) and LatinVfr's San Diego. I understand that Dean is getting in Gibraltar X and that PCA Aust has the first four already on its website.
I have managed to sim fly (in a QW Avro and a Twin Otter) in and out of all except Lukla X where I have been able to fly out in a Twin Otter and Quest Kodiak but have failed all attempts to fly in (like my one-way track record with Misha's Hilltop in his North American Airstrips Vol 1).
Gibraltar and Kai Tak are challenging, with unusual approaches dependent on guidance lights in strange places - in the case of Gibraltar, on buoys anchored in the sea and in the case of Kai Tak, on the top of buildings. Add to that, in the case of Kai Tak, the chequerboard on the side of the cliff and you have real "seat of the pants"/"white knuckle" flying.
To successfully do the Kai Tak landing was also nostalgic for me, having experienced it as an aircraft passenger on multiple occasions since my early teens via an array of aircraft including Lockheed Electras, Comets (I notice that today Dean had listed the Just Flight Comet in the Featured Products on the PCA Aust website) and B747s over the years. I have not been back there since the new airport opened.
When doing the FSX Kai Tak exercise, I was using the moving aerial photo map in SimTouch Plus 2 to navigate. What a stark contrast it was to see Kai Tak in its former glory in the Aerosoft/Fly Tampa scenery and then look at it on the moving map and see what has sadly become of it.
Has anyone else flown these airports or any others in the top 10 (whatever version of that list)? What has been your experience? Are those other airports worth buying? The ones I have certainly are, especially Kai Tak.