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Santa Claus Int'l (BINP), Is It A Real Airport?!

Thu Dec 25, 2014 9:50 am

Santa Claus International Airport, ICAO: BINP, according to gcmap.com it's a real airfield in the north pole...

http://www.gcmap.com/airport/BINP

There's no pictures or information about this airport online, except for the link above. Is this airfield active, abandoned or is it fictional just like its namesake?!

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RE: Santa Claus Int'l (BINP), Is It A Real Airport?!

Thu Dec 25, 2014 9:54 am

How old are you ?? Better have the "Santa Talk" with your mom and dad
 
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RE: Santa Claus Int'l (BINP), Is It A Real Airport?!

Thu Dec 25, 2014 10:18 am

Old enough to know that Santa isn't real!  ...

Quoting L0VE2FLY (Thread starter):
...or is it fictional just like its namesake?!
 
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RE: Santa Claus Int'l (BINP), Is It A Real Airport?!

Thu Dec 25, 2014 10:22 am

Quoting L0VE2FLY (Thread starter):
There's no pictures or information about this airport online, except for the link above. Is this airfield active, abandoned or is it fictional just like its namesake?!

Yet, it has it's own approach plate, it must be real!   (said in a very sarcastic way)

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RE: Santa Claus Int'l (BINP), Is It A Real Airport?!

Thu Dec 25, 2014 10:42 am

What's wrong with you guys?!! I just asked a simple question and didn't say the airport is real, in fact I suspected the airport is made up, just like Santa's flight that's being tracked online. I guess some people can't handle the stress of the holiday season!
 
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RE: Santa Claus Int'l (BINP), Is It A Real Airport?!

Thu Dec 25, 2014 10:50 am

You do know the North Pole is not a land mass right ? Just checking  NORAD has a page for tracking Santa and the UK cleared Santa inbound last nite
 
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RE: Santa Claus Int'l (BINP), Is It A Real Airport?!

Thu Dec 25, 2014 10:53 am

Quoting L0VE2FLY (Reply 4):
What's wrong with you guys?!! I just asked a simple question and didn't say the airport is real, in fact I suspected the airport is made up, just like Santa's flight that's being tracked online. I guess some people can't handle the stress of the holiday season!

What stress? I found it very funny actually, It's more than likely made up, but you don't often see an approach plate for a fake airport now do you? I wasn't trying to make fun of you.
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RE: Santa Claus Int'l (BINP), Is It A Real Airport?!

Thu Dec 25, 2014 1:23 pm

There actually is a Santa Claus, IN..... so it could be a real airport someday
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RE: Santa Claus Int'l (BINP), Is It A Real Airport?!

Thu Dec 25, 2014 1:34 pm

I wonder why in this day and age of "branding", Rovanienmi Airport is not rebranded as something like "Rovaniemi Santa Claus Airport".
 
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RE: Santa Claus Int'l (BINP), Is It A Real Airport?!

Thu Dec 25, 2014 2:02 pm

Quoting L0VE2FLY (Reply 4):
What's wrong with you guys?!!

Some people simply have a need to feel superior to others.

Quoting L0VE2FLY (Thread starter):
according to gcmap.com it's a real airfield in the north pole...

Neat!    Anyway, I've just looked up (on Wikipedia, I should add) the country to which a "BI**" ICAO airport code refers, turns out it's Iceland. But the only BIN* code seems to be BINF, Nordfjordur airport on the easternmost tip of Iceland. So no, they didn't use a real ICAO code for the chart. But the attention to detail is quite impressive nonetheless! The CTA is correctly identified, for instance.
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RE: Santa Claus Int'l (BINP), Is It A Real Airport?!

Thu Dec 25, 2014 2:11 pm

Caution Deer in traffic patern and at 90000 N and 00000E it's not in Indiana  
 
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RE: Santa Claus Int'l (BINP), Is It A Real Airport?!

Thu Dec 25, 2014 4:47 pm

Of course, EK could have used it as an en-route alternate for its DXB-SFO too ... http://www.gcmap.com/featured/20141225
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RE: Santa Claus Int'l (BINP), Is It A Real Airport?!

Thu Dec 25, 2014 4:49 pm

Quoting COSPN (Reply 10):

I just meant the name Santa Claus Int'l....
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RE: Santa Claus Int'l (BINP), Is It A Real Airport?!

Thu Dec 25, 2014 4:52 pm

Quoting nkops (Reply 7):

There actually is a Santa Claus, IN..... so it could be a real airport someday

It surprises me there there isn't one already considering the amusement park.
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RE: Santa Claus Int'l (BINP), Is It A Real Airport?!

Thu Dec 25, 2014 5:06 pm

all the approach charts and airport diagrams - jeppesen has some great approach charts
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RE: Santa Claus Int'l (BINP), Is It A Real Airport?!

Thu Dec 25, 2014 8:59 pm

Quoting nkops (Reply 7):
There actually is a Santa Claus, IN..... so it could be a real airport someday

VDI is as close to Santa Claus, GA as it is to Vidalia, GA. A bit of a missed opportunity there  
 
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RE: Santa Claus Int'l (BINP), Is It A Real Airport?!

Fri Dec 26, 2014 2:17 am

Quoting COSPN (Reply 5):
You do know the North Pole is not a land mass right ?

Yes I do, like most avgeeks I'm a bit of a geography buff.  
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Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 6):
What stress? I found it very funny actually, It's more than likely made up, but you don't often see an approach plate for a fake airport now do you? I wasn't trying to make fun of you.

Actually that's what confused me, the gcmap.com page looks very realistic which made me think maybe there's some small island near the North Pole with an airfield for scientific, research and military flights like those in Antarctica and other remote parts of the world. I didn't expect an actual international airport with airliners full of tourists landing there anyway.
 
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RE: Santa Claus Int'l (BINP), Is It A Real Airport?!

Fri Dec 26, 2014 2:40 am

If I remember correctly there is a small airfield at the North Pole, however it's only used for smallish aircraft and scientific purposes. Just because it's not "solid land" doesn't mean planes can't land on it. While there have been recent thinning incidents, generally it's very thick ice perfectly capable of landing any kind of aircraft.
 
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RE: Santa Claus Int'l (BINP), Is It A Real Airport?!

Fri Dec 26, 2014 2:45 am

Nice post OP  



There is always the airfield at North Pole...Alaska 5AK3
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RE: Santa Claus Int'l (BINP), Is It A Real Airport?!

Fri Dec 26, 2014 3:37 am

Quoting FlyingSicilian (Reply 19):
There is always the airfield at North Pole...Alaska 5AK3

Wow, 19 replies before anyone mentioned this!

I have a friend living up there. Just west of Fairbanks for the non.believers.
 
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RE: Santa Claus Int'l (BINP), Is It A Real Airport?!

Fri Dec 26, 2014 7:07 am

Quoting COSPN (Reply 1):
Better have the "Santa Talk" with your mom and dad

You remind me of Neil from The Santa Claus   
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RE: Santa Claus Int'l (BINP), Is It A Real Airport?!

Fri Dec 26, 2014 2:26 pm

There are so many things wrong with that chart:

1) Iceland is not the correct country; Canada (CY) would be correct;

2) Using XMS as an NDB identifier is not correct; XMS as a VOR ident would be more appropriate;

3) At those latitudes, you'd likely need a GPS approach rather than a navaid-based approach.
 
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RE: Santa Claus Int'l (BINP), Is It A Real Airport?!

Fri Dec 26, 2014 3:17 pm

Quoting YVRtoYYZ (Reply 21):
There are so many things wrong with that chart:

1) Iceland is not the correct country; Canada (CY) would be correct;

2) Using XMS as an NDB identifier is not correct; XMS as a VOR ident would be more appropriate;

3) At those latitudes, you'd likely need a GPS approach rather than a navaid-based approach.

I think you're reading a little too much into it ........  
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RE: Santa Claus Int'l (BINP), Is It A Real Airport?!

Fri Dec 26, 2014 3:39 pm

Quoting gordonsmall (Reply 22):
I think you're reading a little too much into it ........

Only a little?!  
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RE: Santa Claus Int'l (BINP), Is It A Real Airport?!

Fri Dec 26, 2014 4:41 pm

Quoting YVRtoYYZ (Reply 21):
There are so many things wrong with that chart:

1) Iceland is not the correct country; Canada (CY) would be correct;

2) Using XMS as an NDB identifier is not correct; XMS as a VOR ident would be more appropriate;

3) At those latitudes, you'd likely need a GPS approach rather than a navaid-based approach.




I think that far north, VORs are all true north....but every radial off the north pole VOR would be the 180.
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