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What is your test airfield?

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Old topic, but my test airport is KTNT Dade-Collier Training and Transition Airport west of Miami. Originally built for supersonic aircraft when everyone thought that was going to be the future.

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I guess Jim branched this out into a new thread!  I have one really great test airport for testing any type of aircraft from a hang glider to an A-380.  L08 Borrego Valley Airport in Borrego Springs, Ca.  5000 foot runway with a 4500 foot mountain range about 5 miles due west of runway 25.  For any aircraft to be a  "Keeper"  It needs to pass the short runway takeoff and landing so I fly a short circuit in and out of this airfield.

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Usually one of three airports all in the NW of the UK, all of which are payware UK2000 sceneries: EGCC Manchester, EGGP Liverpool and EGCD woodford (no longer an operational airfield in real life). For testing long flights with airliners, I will usually go either from EGCC Manchester, UK to LEAM Almeria, Spain (which is a freeware add on scenery), or the return trip. For GA aircraft tests, I'll usually do EGGP Liverpool, UK to the default scenery of LFPB Le Bourget, France, since it is a fairly common real life GA trip from the UK for many PPLs.

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EGML Damyns Hall and EGHA Compton Abbas by ORBX. Simple grass airstrips, ideal for testing my WW1 biplanes.

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EINN Shannon (from Eiresim) in the west of Ireland with its 10,500 ft runway where I spent many a happy hour watching aeroplanes as a kid and EICN Coonagh with its 1,000 ft runway about 6 miles east of EINN where I learned to fly many years ago.

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Since I live in Cincinnati Ohio I use either KCVG ( Greater Cincinnati Airport ) 11,000' or closer to home KLUK ( Lunken Airport ) 5250'. Lunken has a lot of history. American Airlines was started there. I can't remember the name of the famous flight school that is now based in Florida but that started at Lunken. Also, Aeronca Aircraft were made there.

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Since I live in Greater Vancouver, CZBB, otherwise known as Boundary Bay Airport. See here for more info.

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It needs to be somewhere near busy shipping lanes so as to make sure no new files have disrupted the AI Ships package, Barcelona, Copenhagen and Seattle are favourite. (yes I know it is a flight sim but that feature really adds to the realism for me)

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KBGR because it's a 10000 ft runway in the middle of nowhere.

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KTNT is also mine. I love the large runway for getting familiar with a plane. Nice taxi route as well with a few turns. Great on framerates so you can really fly the plane at this location. AND about an hour from my home. :)  Forgot to mention a nice 9/27 runway. So easy to do patterns. Less thinking. ;) 

 

 

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Mine is KSAN, San Diego, CA.  My hometown airport, good mix of city, water, easily get into mountains and desert.  But usually my test airport is wherever I happen to be modeling - what ever is the closest airport.   That way I get a good variety.

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KNLC for me. Very familiar with the procedures and parking there so easy to concentrate on the new aircraft.

Good thread, thanks for the heads up about KTNT, there is a nice scenery for it too.

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EGGD Bristol, being my home town and test airport.  I use UK2000 Extreme Bristol scenery along with Justflights photo scenery.

I know how things perform ther, wher an occasional stutter appears and can test new aircraft knowing what my usual framerates are, etc.

When testing gliders, I fly from Halesland, where I have made a small scenery of my own and Weston Super Mare, where I have some addon scenery that I have added a few objects to.

I test microlights at Weston Zoyland where I also have some downloaded scenery.

IAN

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Same as Chock (mainly EGCC - UK2000 X) seeing as I live in Lancashire.

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YMAV Avalon just west of Melbourne Australia. I use Orbx Australia & Orbx Avalon Airport. It's my default airport and has a 3km runway so it can handle anything I choose to fly.

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KMCO by Taxi2Gate - They did a beautiful job with that one. I wish they would do KBWI so I could use one closer to home for testing.  

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