I have flown into the airport only a hand full of times before, and only with approach active. Today was the first time where I have flown into KASE completely alone, and it was scary as hell…
Allow me to set the scene:
Current weather was 190 @ 3 knots and a 3 mile visibility. Although the visibility is low, this approach should be do-able. I was doing the RNAV approach for RWY 15 (chart available here). Suddenly I was not losing altitude anymore, and my ground speed shot up. I went around, and did the missed approach procedure. When I had a chance, I looked at the METAR. 340 @ 8 knots and a 0 mile visibility. I was set to divert to KEGE, but suddenly the weather calmed down again (Around the same as it was before the sudden wind sheer). I did the approach again, but this time I was too high, and was forced to go around again. I did the whole missed approach procedure again, and settled on flying the LOC/DME (Chart here) approach, instead of the RNAV approach. This third approach was not pretty whatsoever, but I got the aircraft down safely.
Needless to say, I now have a lot more respect for this airport, and will certainly never under estimate it again.
What experiences have you guys had with KASE?