This was just a short sightseeing flight from Queenstown to Wanaka in the South Island of NZ. Enjoy! :)
On the ground at Queenstown. This is a major skiing centre, but being summer there isn't any snow to be seen on the Remarkables. (the mountains in the background)
The largest aircraft using this airport in real life are Air New Zealand 737-300's and Qantas 737-800's. Some of the peaks near to the airfield are getting up towards 10,000ft elevation which leads to some pretty spectacular approaches! :D
This runway always seems very small from a 737 cockpit, but it's not such a problem for the Howard.
Off we go!
As you can see, there isn't much room for error at Queenstown!
Although NZ has a "green" image, most of the Southern Alps are actually this brown colour, although by default Microsoft made the whole country brown. Landclass addon to the rescue. :)
A little haze over the hills, nothing alarming, although you always have to watch the weather in NZ thanks to being a narrow, long country the weather can change very quickly.
Plenty of beautiful lakes around here.
The temperature here varies between below freezing in winter to the high 30's and occasionally 40C in summer; today it's about 27C, nice and pleasant.
Isn't that a beautiful wing? :)
Descending towards Wanaka.
There's the airfield, but we're landing in the opposite direction (runway 29) today.
Wanaka is NZ's newest commercial airport with Air New Zealand operating a couple of daily services with their B1900's.
Turning onto final. Wanaka is also home to the bi-annual Warbirds Over Wanaka airshow which usually attracts over 150,000 people. I went in 2004, some of you may remember the photos, and I'm heading back again this year in April. Can't wait! (and I've got a much better camera now :))
Backtracking; there's only enough room for about 20 aircraft on the actual apron (in real life, in FS you can only fit about 5), but there can be as many as 250 aircraft here during the airshow, ranging from C-130's through Spitfires, Learjets and all the way down to Cessna 152's. It really is an aviation enthusiasts paradise.
This is also home to the Alpine Fighter Collection, who have restored many extremely rare aircraft such as a Yak-9, Bf-109, 8 Polikarpov I-16's and I-153's and the world's only Lavochkin La-9; not to mention a number of slightly more common warbirds like Spitfires, P-40's and Vampire jets.
Hope you enjoyed this flight, and hopefully I'll have a whole lot of real photos to upload in the outer marker forum in a few months time.
Comments welcome! :)