Queenstown Airport is a lovely airport in southern New Zealand that has breathtaking views BUT, more often or not, this airport is used incorrectly by many people on IF. This post is simply a guide on how to correctly use this airport.
First off, let me get some stuff off my chest;
- The largest plane this airport can handle is an A321/B757. That means NO heavies.
- Secondly, whenever I control or visit this airport, majority of the people that come here taxi incorrectly. This is a sight I often see:
This taxiway along the side of the runway is too small for airliners and is only used by small GA aircraft. So, you may be wondering - how are you meant to taxi to the runway then?
I’d be happy to explain!
To correctly taxi to the runway, you taxi to the hold short line, and back taxi down the runway as so:
When approaching the end of the runway there is a circle where you can turnaround (this is the main reason larger heavies cannot visit this airport)
There are guide lines so it shouldn’t be too hard to turnaround
The same goes for when you are landing - you turnaround at this circle
And that’s pretty much it. Sounds easy enough right? Well it is!
That’s all for now - I hope this guide adds a little more realism to Infinite Flight and I have helped anyone who misunderstands operations at NZQN.
I also made a video for you ‘visual’ learners so make sure to check that out too!
To end off, my good friend @Panther has made a approach/departure guide to Queenstown so make sure to check that out too
Thanks for checking this out and have a great day