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Banff Airstrip (CYBA) Details?  
User currently offlineCx flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6640 posts, RR: 55
Posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2872 times:

I posted a topic about this earlier and for some reason it was deleted.

I was flying around in Flightsim2002 and noticed a very strange airport in Banff (CYBA). It had very steep sides and very large deep holes all around it. It's a very strange place to build an airport, as there is some flat land around it. I went on the Banff area website and it says that the strip is decomissioned. Does anyone have any details about it, who used it and why was it built in such a strange place. All those who have FS2002 should go and visit this place.

On a side note, this is NOT a flight simulator topic, but a topic about an airport, on the Civil Aviation forum. I have no idea about why it was deleted. Perhaps Johan can answer me? It was not insulting, had no harsh language, WAS related to aviation and was NOT a question regarding Flight Simulator. The censorship on this website is getting ridiculous.

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User currently offlineN754pr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2627 times:

I'm with you 100% on this !

User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2598 times:

Hey YKA,

Your Canadian and know everything. How about helping a couple of guys in third world Hong Kong ??


User currently offlineSuperdawg From Canada, joined Jan 2000, 347 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2593 times:

The Banff landing strip, is a grass runway, privately owned. It is not very long and wouldn't bea ble to support much more then some single/twin engine prop planes. I believe most planes that flew in and out of there were just owned by Banff residents. There are really steep sides to it as it is in the middle of the mountains. I believe the National Park Service also uses/used the strip. It was known for being quite harrowing due to winds that would funnel down the mountain valley towards it. I doubt it is/was used in winter as their would be way too much snow.

User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2586 times:

Thats very good info but does anyone have pictures ??

PLEASE ?


User currently offlineFallingeese From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2097 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2570 times:

In the game it's exagerated. On your way from Calgary to Vancouver you pass right by it on the Trans-Canada.


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User currently offlineWJV04 From Canada, joined Jun 2001, 584 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2557 times:

there are no clifs, no steep holes, no nothing.. its flat open land...


User currently offlineCx flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6640 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2552 times:

That's interesting. I wonder why Microsoft decided to put huge holes and cliffs in the game then? I thought it was strange that anyone would build an airport there as it would be a nightmare to get to and from. I assume the real Banff airport is fairly accessible?

Does anyone have any pictures or links to pictures of the airport?


User currently offlineYKA From Netherlands, joined Sep 2001, 766 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2556 times:

Well Hgspotter, I dont know everything and I've never seen the Banff airstrip. BTW, whats this talk about HK being 3rd country, I never said that.

User currently offlineCx flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6640 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2542 times:

...yes you did.

User currently offlineYKA From Netherlands, joined Sep 2001, 766 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2537 times:

I called CX and SQ third world carriers...thats not the same as saying HK is a third world city.But I only did that because you(or hgspotter) were whining about there being too many C3 topics. Bottom line is Ive never been to HK or flown either airline. You can call canada third world all you want, its not gonna bother me since I know otherwise...so just let it go.

User currently offlineCathay Pacific From Australia, joined May 2000, 1864 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2540 times:

when one doesn't know anything about a place/person or what so ever, they don't go and make assumptions and/or false statements about it, by doing so, it merely shows how naive and/or ignorant that person is. He/she should try to find out the facts and then make an opinion base on it!!!!

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User currently offlineCx flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6640 posts, RR: 55
Reply 12, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2521 times:

Oh well then. That's all right. I do apologise, you only called Cathay a third world airline. That's okay then.

It was not me who complained about there being too many C3000 topics, but you chose to retaliate by insulting my workplace for no reason. That, I take offence to. Do you remember insulting Hong Kong? You were saying how you'd seen it in documentaries, and you knew what it was really like. Oh sure.

Didn't sound like much of an apology to me....


User currently offlineNbirger From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2524 times:

Hey Cx flyboy,

About Banff, I have been there numerous time and can help you with your question.

The airstrip is definitely not even close to what it looks like in FS2002 (also as Fallingeese pointed out). Banff is pretty much located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains and does have some tremendous terrain. For the most part though, the village and everything around it is located in a valley. This goes for the airstrip as well. It is on relatively flat ground and i can't really see anything bigger then a Seneca getting in there.

There are, however, lots of tall mountains in the proximity so there must be some pretty interesting approaches to the strip.

Anyways hope this helps a little,

Nick
Vancouver, B.C.


User currently offlineCx flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6640 posts, RR: 55
Reply 14, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2514 times:

Thanks Nick + all,

Sounds like an interesting place!!


User currently offlineNbirger From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2513 times:

Forgot to point out the area is a pretty famous Canadian ski resort. I am almost positive the airport would be closed in the winter.

User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2521 times:

Well I'm still gonna have another fly about tonight !!

User currently offlineCx flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6640 posts, RR: 55
Reply 17, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2517 times:

Try OTPQ!!!!! That's interesting!!

User currently offlineYKA From Netherlands, joined Sep 2001, 766 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2506 times:

Dosn't Banff have a chinatown? I think I saw it there when I visited that place a few years back...

User currently offlineSuperdawg From Canada, joined Jan 2000, 347 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2496 times:

Banff does not have a Chinatown, the town itself only boasts around 5000 people who live there permantly. You will Japanese writing on everything as Japanese tourists are a big draw to the area. They used to be the largest group of tourists visiting (Harlequin Air used to serve Calgary for that reason, as well as CP having direct flights to Tokyo.) but that has been taken over by the British, hence airlines like Air Tours, Monarch and Britannia having service or have served YYC in the last few years.

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