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Canadian Xpress February 2016 Challenge – Dangerous Airports IX

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This month, we depart Marseille Provence Airport (LFML) and travel to Courchevel is an airport serving Courchevel (LFML), a ski resort in the French Alps. The airfield has a very short runway of only 537 metres (1,762 ft) with a gradient of 18.6%.

There is no go-around procedure for landings at Courchevel, due to the surrounding mountainous terrain. De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otters and DHC-7 turboprops served the airport in the past; however, the airfield primarily sees smaller fixed-wing aircraft such as Cessnas as well as helicopters at present. The runway has no instrument approach procedure or lighting aids, thus making landing in fog and low clouds unsafe and Continue reading

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Fly the Canadian North with the Canadian Xpress Air Inuit Tour

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Air Inuit started operations in 1978 using a DeHavilland DHC-2 Beaver and is collectively owned by the Inuit of Nunavik through the Makivik Corporation. Based in Dorval, Quebec, Canada, it operates domestic passenger services, charter and cargo services in Nunavik and Nunavut.

As Air Inuit continues to grow, they often require assistance to complete certain flights and Canadian Xpress® has been asked to help complete some of their scheduled flights.

The Air Inuit tour consists of 34 legs of actual Air Inuit flights that must be flown in order.

Join Canadian Xpress today by visiting  http://CanadianXpress.ca and fly the Canadian North!

*Canadian Xpress accepts 50% of your VATSIM, IVAO or Continue reading

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Canadian Xpress January 2016 Challenge – Dangerous Airports VIII

CXA_Janu_2016_ChallengeThis month, we depart Chengdu Shuangli (ZUUU) and travel to the highest airport supported in the FS world, Qamdo-Bangda (ZUBD) Tibet that has an elevation of 14,219 ft. Runway 14/32 is the longest publicly used runway in the world, at 18,045 ft or 3.42 miles. Until 2013, Qamdo-Bangda (ZUBD) was the highest airport in the world. That title is now held by Daocheng Yading Airport which is 238 ft higher, however no scenery is currently available to support an event.

The low air density at this altitude makes a higher takeoff and landing true airspeed necessary, and therefore a longer runway. The airport is 2.5 hours by Continue reading

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Canadian Xpress December Fly-In – Ice & Snow

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Canadian Xpress® would like to invite all pilots to join us on Saturday, December 19th at 10h00est (15h00z) and 21h00est (Sunday 02h00z) for our December 2015 fly-in where we fly from Yellowknife (CYZF) to Norman Wells (CYVQ).

This is an open invitation to all pilots no matter what your flying experience to attend this Canadian Xpress® sponsored event that will be flown on the VATSIM network.

More information regarding this event including charts and optional add-on scenery can Continue reading

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Canadian Xpress December 2015 Challenge – Dangerous Airports Vi & VII

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This month we hit 2 of the world’s most dangerous approaches in the warm Caribbean.

Saba, Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport has the shortest commercial runway in the world, only 396 meters (1,299 ft) long, flanked on one side by high hills, with cliffs that drop into the sea at both ends.

Saint Barthélemy, Gustaf III Airport short airstrip is at the base of a gentle slope ending directly on the beach. The arrival descent is extremely steep over the hilltop traffic circle; departing planes fly right over the heads of sunbathers. Ranked the 3rd most extreme airport in the world by Continue reading

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Canadian Xpress Concorde Anniversary Tour

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Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde is a turbojet-powered supersonic passenger jet airliner. It featured a maximum speed over twice the speed of sound at Mach 2.04, with seating for 92 to 128 passengers. First flown in 1969, Concorde entered service in 1976 and continued commercial flights for 27 years until 2003. It is one of only two supersonic transports to have entered commercial service; the other was the Tupolev Tu-144.

Concorde was jointly developed and produced by Aérospatiale and the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) under an Anglo-French treaty. Concorde’s name reflects the development agreement between the United Kingdom and France. In the UK, any or all of Continue reading

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Canadian Xpress November 2015 Challenge – Dangerous Airports V

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Paro Airport has an elevation of 7,300 feet with surrounding peaks as high as 18,000 feet. It is considered one of the world’s most challenging airports in the world as only eight pilots worldwide are certified to land at this airport. Flights at Paro are allowed under visual meteorological conditions only and are restricted to daylight hours from sunrise to sunset. It is one of only four airports in Bhutan.

This month, your mission is to depart from Zia International Airport (VGZR) and fly to spectacular Paro (VQPR) with either the Bombardier CRJ-700 or Dash 8-Q400 which is available to Continue reading

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