File Name: SIM720 Catalina Airport
File Submitter: Tom Allensworth
File Submitted: 01 Nov 2013
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Fall off this mountain top and the only way is down. And don’t forget to fuel up for the round trip.
KAVX Catalina Airport is situated on Santa Catalina Island and is known as the ‘Airport in the Sky’ due to its elevation at 1,602 ft (488 m). The airport is located 6 miles (10 km or 5 NM) northwest of Avalon, or to position it in relation to the mainland of the USA, it is off Long Beach, Los Angeles, California. Although most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, Catalina Airport is assigned AVX by the FAA and CIB by the IATA. The airport originally opened as "Buffalo Springs Airport" in the late 1930s. Prior to this time the Island was accessible only to amphibious aircraft.
The runway was built by blasting away the tops of two mountains and using the 200,000 truckloads of rock to fill the gap between them. A scheduled passenger service was briefly provided by United Airlines in DC-3s but this was discontinued; it is however used for airfreight from the mainland, with supplies being delivered via a Douglas DC-3 aircraft daily. Don’t be fooled by the long-disused refuelling equipment which is located in the pavement in front of the terminal building, no fuel is actually available. It does however sell buffalo burgers.
The SIM720 airport download has been created to replicate the real world site, featuring high quality bespoke models, custom photoreal textures and hand placement of buildings. The package includes many additional ambient features as objects seen in the real airport have been modelled and positioned, allowing you to immerse yourself in a realistic flight simulation environment that greatly adds to the experience of pilots using the airport. In addition custom made static aircraft are included that give the airport an authentic working feel.
The Catalina Airport download has been designed to be highly compatible and it includes photoreal blending with Default, Orbx and MegaSceneryEarth. It’s also DX10 compatible.