With the plethora of aviation magazines out there, there doesn’t seem to be much space available for new publications: whether your interest lies with vintage aircraft, state-of-art airliners or aeronautical engineering RnD, you’re bound to find as much information as your mind can process… and much more. Nevertheless, one daring little newcomer has managed to grasp my attention, as I was eagerly walking through the aisles of Aviation Megastore, Schiphol’s fantastic avgeek paradise.
Extreme Airports just came out in 2018 and the cover attractively displays legends of aviation that most pilots dream of on day conquering. Taking us on-board is the gorgeous silhouette of a 747 in KLM colours landing at the plane-spotter paradise of St Maarten for a first issue dedicated to classics.
We’re swiftly taken on-board towards mystical names, Bara, Memphis, Innsbruck, for a detailed presentation of what challenges these airports offer to us pilots, both from the air and on the ground.
Extreme Airports took me back to Lukla, and it’s with my mind full of memories from Everest and its high passes that I delve into the post.
Directly linked to my own training plans for 2019 is also an article featuring the gracious but vicious slopes of Courchevel, a world famous French altiport renowned for its very short runway of 537 metres (1,762 ft) and daunting 18.6% gradient! A trophy to all mountain flyers, both wannabe and seasoned, the altiport will be top on my list when training for my Mountain Rating, cruising the dented landscape of the Alps to stroke the slopes in a tail-dragger.
Oh and I forgot… There’s also a full chapter (and approach plate!) retracing the story and history of Kai Tak, narrated by one of these incredibly lucky birds that got to experience it from the flight deck.
“The Highest, the Coldest, the Busiest, the most Hazardous”… Santa has come early this year!