An older freeware file to lead off the day, then a new freeware file in northern Sweden. We’ll end with a look at three more freeware airports in Peru.
When I first started puttering around in X-plane (uh…pre-v9), one of the first airports I downloaded was EGGP, and probably because I’d just taken my son to Liverpool to learn about all things Beatles. Anyway, I was struck by how interesting that old v8 airport was too, at least when compared to most other files available then. Well, that was then and the file we’re looking at today has no relationship to that old file – other than the name of the airport, anyway.
Interesting lineage, this file, but that’s about all I’ll say about that. This airport file was released in 2016 and I don’t think its been touched since. There’s no need, actually. Its quite good as is, though I suppose it could be updated to v11 compliance. No scenery libraries needed, too, as this is all custom work. Check out the list of airlines and service here. How about service to Cluj-Napoca, Romania?
From ramps to car parks, this file is close to payware-perfection, but it’s a freebie. Look at the image below and you’ll see a cityscape on the horizon…and yes, a nice bit of city detail is included with this airport.
If you want to round out your collection of airports in the British Midlands, you better make sure you have this one onboard. If you’re a Beatles fan? Hey hey, what can I say? You’ll find the file right here: https://forums.x-plane.org/index.php?/files/file/34230-eggp-liverpool-john-lennon-airport-and-city-custom-hd/
Located in far northern Sweden almost on the border with Finland, the airport is closer to Murmansk, Russia than to Stockholm; the airport is served by Jonair (to Luleå) and Enter Air (charters to the UK around Christmas). Extraordinary file, though quite a small airport the details are all quite well done. A solid 10/10 Must Have file. The file is located here: https://forums.x-plane.org/index.php?/files/file/44207-esup-pajala-airport/
Cusco (or Qusqu, the current spelling) is the jumping off point for journeys into the mountains, specifically to Machu Picchu, whether on foot or by train:
Still, consider these items: Machu Picchu is a 15th century construct located at 7800MSL, while Cusco is at least 1500 years older and is located at 10,000MSL. Built almost 80 years before the arrival of Spaniards, they never knew of Machu Picchu’s existence (the site was “rediscovered” in the early 20th century by an archeologist from Yale, though a German engineer may have been there almost a half-century earlier). Today, Machu Picchu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and regarded as one of the Seven Wonders of the World (in popular polling); as such, it is the mother lode of Peruvian tourism, the mainstay of a surging tourist economy and perhaps the number one reason why aviation in Peru has become so important.
As mentioned in our first segment on Peru, almost all North American and European traffic enters the country via SPJC LIMA, and from there filters out to the various tourist areas. Other than Machu Picchu and the Nazca Lines, alpine climbing in the Andes has recently become a big draw, with the peak known as Alpamayo currently a major attraction among the worlds top alpinists (the peak was recently voted by mountaineers as the prettiest mountain on earth). Scientific endeavors, including climate studies, oceanography, archeology, and astronomy, brings scores of scientists to Peru every year, too.
We’ll look at three more airports today, starting with Cusco.
If unfamiliar with Cusco generally, read the Wikipedia entry straight away, as the place is fascinating. The airport has seen direct service, via Lima, to KJFK – with 752 class aircraft – but again, keep in mind the altitude here is higher than Telluride, Colorado (runway length is over 11,000 feet, too). There is currently no direct service to Europe or North America, so you’ll need to become familiar with the route to Lima if you want to work out of this airport. Here is the list of airlines and routes served. You’ll find the file here: https://forums.x-plane.org/index.php?/files/file/36666-cuzco-spzo-xp/
A small coastal GA/RJ sized airport; limited service, primarily government-scientific flights. File here: https://forums.x-plane.org/index.php?/files/file/39408-chimbote-xp-v10-speo-for-xp/ Good for coastal flights, a short hop to Lima.
Described as one of the most difficult approaches in Peru, this private airstrip is located in the mountains near Pueblo Nuevo – but deep inside a narrow, twisty canyon. Included in this list for entertainment purposes only; you might try this in the Kodiak before making the approach in a light twin. This is a tiger in something like a DC3. File here: https://forums.x-plane.org/index.php?/files/file/38218-chagual-spgl-and-pias-spis-for-xp-11/ Note: this file includes a second airstrip, SPIS, equally as “interesting.”
Have fun out there. We’ll see you soon if something pops – A