Hi guys, inspired by Jan's recent bush flying I decided to have a go at landing on a fairly difficult airstrip myself. For this flight I chose the perfect aircraft for short field operations - the Grumman AA-5. Er, ok, never mind...
Enjoy the shots!
Taking off from Matarangi, a small public airfield on the Coromandel Peninsula, east of Auckland, New Zealand.
Heading further east, and offshore.
The weather today is reasonable, with some low cloud and a slight wind blowing from the east.
The Mercury Islands are just a short distance offshore from Matarangi, total flight time to get there is less than 10 minutes.
Flying over Great Mercury Island, the main island, and trying to locate the airstrip.
There's the runway. In real life this is a private airstrip, and although it does have a decent amount of slope, FS exaggerates this slope significantly, to make for an unexpected challenge!
Positioning "downwind" although technically it's upwind today.
A curved approach path is required due to the terrain.
You don't so much fly over the trees as around them!
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