CX Flyboy
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Banff Airstrip (CYBA) Details?

Tue Nov 13, 2001 7:59 pm

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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RE: Banff Airstrip (CYBA) Details?

Tue Nov 13, 2001 8:12 pm

I'm with you 100% on this !
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RE: Banff Airstrip (CYBA) Details?

Wed Nov 14, 2001 12:17 am

Hey YKA,

Your Canadian and know everything. How about helping a couple of guys in third world Hong Kong ??
 
superdawg
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RE: Banff Airstrip (CYBA) Details?

Wed Nov 14, 2001 12:49 am

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.
 
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RE: Banff Airstrip (CYBA) Details?

Wed Nov 14, 2001 12:54 am

Thats very good info but does anyone have pictures ??

PLEASE ?
 
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RE: Banff Airstrip (CYBA) Details?

Wed Nov 14, 2001 11:23 am

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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RE: Banff Airstrip (CYBA) Details?

Wed Nov 14, 2001 1:50 pm

there are no clifs, no steep holes, no nothing.. its flat open land...
 
CX Flyboy
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RE: Banff Airstrip (CYBA) Details?

Wed Nov 14, 2001 1:57 pm

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?
 
yka
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RE: Banff Airstrip (CYBA) Details?

Wed Nov 14, 2001 2:01 pm

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.
 
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RE: Banff Airstrip (CYBA) Details?

Wed Nov 14, 2001 2:04 pm

...yes you did.
 
yka
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RE: Banff Airstrip (CYBA) Details?

Wed Nov 14, 2001 2:13 pm

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.
 
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RE: Banff Airstrip (CYBA) Details?

Wed Nov 14, 2001 2:23 pm

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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RE: Banff Airstrip (CYBA) Details?

Wed Nov 14, 2001 2:26 pm

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....
 
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RE: Banff Airstrip (CYBA) Details?

Wed Nov 14, 2001 3:00 pm

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.
 
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RE: Banff Airstrip (CYBA) Details?

Wed Nov 14, 2001 3:01 pm

Thanks Nick + all,

Sounds like an interesting place!!
 
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RE: Banff Airstrip (CYBA) Details?

Wed Nov 14, 2001 3:04 pm

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.
 
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RE: Banff Airstrip (CYBA) Details?

Wed Nov 14, 2001 3:08 pm

Well I'm still gonna have another fly about tonight !!
 
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RE: Banff Airstrip (CYBA) Details?

Wed Nov 14, 2001 3:12 pm

Try OTPQ!!!!! That's interesting!!
 
yka
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RE: Banff Airstrip (CYBA) Details?

Wed Nov 14, 2001 3:19 pm

Dosn't Banff have a chinatown? I think I saw it there when I visited that place a few years back...
 
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RE: Banff Airstrip (CYBA) Details?

Wed Nov 14, 2001 11:16 pm

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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