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7 Dangerous Airports You Should Try In Microsoft Flight Simulator

It’s worth noting that these are in no particular order and simply serve as some inspiration as to some of those airports which are challenging in our world. Of course, any airport can be challenging, but these in particular demand specific skills, knowledge and even additional training in the real-world before you can land there.

Luckily for us, we’re in a flight simulator, so failing and trying again is all part of the fun and experience.

Aspen / Pitkin County Airport

A popular gateway for those seeking winter sports, Aspen / Pitken County Airport is located within a valley of the Sawatch Range, Rocky Mountains. As you would expect, based on its location, Aspen poses quite the challenge to aviators. The area experiences moderate snow conditions during the winter season which can hamper aircraft operation. Also, aircraft with a wingspan greater than 95 feet are prohibited from operating in and out of Aspen because of the taxiway proximity to the runway. Due to its location within the terrain, only Runway 15 is available for landing and Runway 33 used for take-offs.

Cristiano Ronaldo Madeira International

Formerly known as Funchal Madeira, the airport is world-renowned by aviators, enthusiasts and tourists alike. The famous airport is partially built on raised landmass that juts into the Atlantic, with the remaining runway section supported by stilts. Due to its proximity to surrounding terrain pilots are unable to make a direct approach to Runway 05 and instead must carry out a circling approach. As if this wasn’t already challenging enough, pilots are often met by strong winds and low cloud brought on by its exposed location within the Atlantic Ocean.


Need help with some of these tough airports? Check out our guide to the latest flight simulator. We’ll give you some tips and tricks to help you take them on. Available on August 18th.


Gibraltar International Airport

Located on a peninsular with the short runway divided by the main road in and out of Gibraltar, this tightly packed airport poses its own set of challenges. With the contentious geopolitical situation between the United Kingdom and Spain, pilots must avoid infringing on Spanish airspace to the west of the peninsula by making a sharp 90-degree climbing turn on departure however this isn’t their only issue. The Rock of Gibraltar; an imposing 426-meter-high limestone landmass causes the winds to whip around the rock further intensifying bouts of turbulence.

Innsbruck Airport

Nestled at the base of the Inn valley, this picturesque airport at first glance is idyllic, peaceful and serene but for pilots, the airport poses many risks due to the steep high terrain flanking the airport and its complicated step descents that wind through the valleys of Tyrol. The mountains not only pose a terrain risk but also cause winds and currents which can catch pilots off guard.

Tenzing-Hillary Airport

More widely known as Lukla, Tenzing Hillary airport is the location upon which many climbers begin their adventure to climb Mount Everest. Due to its incredibly short slopped runway and lack of go-around procedure, absolute precision is needed to operate in and out of Lukla. As the airport sits at around 9,337ft it is prone to adverse weather conditions so whilst it may be a perfect day in nearby Kathmandu, high winds, low cloud and changing visibility conditions mean that the pilots and passengers are at the mercy of mother nature. As the airport also lacks any kind of formal approach procedure it is forbidden to operate outside of daylight hours.

Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport

Serving the Caribbean island of Saba, the airport hosts the world smallest commercial runway in the world. This Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport is not for the faint-hearted, featuring a cliff drop at either end there really is no margin for error. Additionally, with its remote location its also exposed to the weather conditions which frequent the Caribbean including high winds and hurricanes.

Paro International Airport

Located in a deep valley flanked by the terrain on the bank of the river Paro Chhu, Paro poses several challenges to aviators. Whilst the airports facilitate approaches from either direction, because of the surrounding terrain the approach itself can be quite lengthy as you wind through the valleys, particularly in the case of a missed approach.

Which airport are you going to challenge?

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Introducing SoFly

My name is Calum and I am the CEO and founder of SoFly. You may recognise me from other outlets within the world of flight simulation and I’m here today to bring you up to speed with a side project I have been passionate about.

With flight simulation now very much in the eyes of the larger community, we are going to see a huge increase in the number of people interested in flight simulation. This means more people then ever will need support in getting the most from their flight simulator. Whether that be current simulators, mobile flight simulators or even upcoming ones – I am passionate about wanting to help those joining the scene get the most from their experience.

If you’re an experienced simmer already, you may remember what it was like when you first joined. A huge number of acronyms, developer names, product types and so forth. Over the past year, I’ve done various seminars at events and the common questions always seem to come up – what do I need to get started?

I always found answering that question incredibly hard as there is never a one-size-fits-all answer. There are simmers who fly long-haul jets, those looking to discover GA flying or simply those who want to join an online community and fly with friends. There is a lot to choose from so I wanted to find new ways to better answer that for individuals.

SoFly will be a new way to help those. Using communities, collaboration, guides, online tutorials and more to benefit those looking to create those memorable simulation experiences. Whilst I may be leading the effort with SoFly, I will be working with those industry experts, developers, publishers and content creators to help newcomers and experienced simmers alike find the best way to enjoy their experience and even inspire them to try something new.

Finally, before I dive into what we’re creating right off the bat, I should note that I am still very much part of FSElite. For me, FSElite serves as a portal to new product information, reviews and editorial content. SoFly will serve as a way to help educate and get people into the right places. So yes, I’ll be doing both without compromise to each other.

Our First Helping Hand

To start, a brand new video series has been created where I discuss with a range of industry insiders how we can help newcomers. Our first episode is already live where I was joined by Ben from Airline2Sim, Evan from FlightSimExpo, Edson from The Sky Lounge and Sergio from Helisimmer.com.

This is just the first episode of many to be created to start aligning those who help the community with a better understanding on what we can do for the future flight simmers and what advice we would give to anyone joining. Future episodes will focus on different topics with new people joining us as we do what we can to help.

Your Guide to Simulation

With the new Microsoft Flight Simulator releasing on August 18th, we know that there will be many people looking for ways to get the most out of the simulator. To that end, we have been busy creating you the ultimate guide to the new flight simulator.

Example of what’s included.
Example of what’s included.

Over 100 pages of content will cover:

  • Detailed information on every hand-crafted airport
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  • Learning to use built-in features such as ATC, camera controls, and more
  • Setting up multiplayer flights with ease
  • Inspiration on landmarks and cities to explore
  • New challenges to test your piloting skills
  • Walk-through tutorials for your first flights
  • How to use the UI and explore the world with ease

Our guide to the new flight simulator will be available from Tuesday August 18th 2020. More details around the release and some previews will be shared close to the time.

Win Flight Simulator Hardware

SoFly is all about helping those get the best experience from the flight simulator. Regardless of which simulator, having the right hardware is paramount. That’s why we are giving three well-known pieces of hardware away to the community.

We have on offer:

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All you need to do to win is enter our contest via the widget below. There are numerous ways to enter. The more entries you have, the more likely you are to win.

The contest closes on August 21st 2020 with winners picked shortly after.

We will then draw randomly a winner who gets to choose which product they want, followed by the second winner who will have the option between the two remaining prizes. Finally, the last person drawn will win the final prize.

We will post them by a trusted courier directly to you so you then have some incredible new ways to experience your flight simulator.

SoFly Hardware Contest

The Future

This is very much the start of a long future for SoFly.

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We look forward to seeing you around and knowing how we can support you.