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PARO, Bhutan - VQPR - freeware airport
Ian Whiteside
United Kingdom

1st May 2012
12:16:40
Paro airport in the kingdom of Bhutan in the Himalayas is classed by 'Boeing' as having one of the most dangerous and difficult approaches in the world.

Runway 15 approach requires a 5000' descent within a few miles and a 360 degree turn within a narrow valley that has 12500' - 18000' mountain peaks all around... then the pilot has to perform a difficult and dangerous 'S' turn on short finals to land... sometimes finally levelling the wings while crossing the threshold of the runway.

I have tried to create the realism of this approach by taking the stock FSX airport and lowering it to published altitude and moving the runway to google earth position co-ordinates. As a bonus I've managed to find some airport buildings like the real ones at Paro which are in the traditional Bhutanese style to enhance the airport.

This is a first attempt by me with FSX scenery and although pretty basic and not 'quality' it pretty much fulfills my objective of making the approach a bit more realistic... hope you enjoy.

First , a little sample of a promo wideo in the making ...




Here is the Paro airport download... this is basically a self installer/uninstaller but if you have a previous version, make sure the 'Paro' folder in FSXAddon Scenery folder has been deleted...
Please ensure FSX is not running when installing or uninstalling

Paro Airport, Bhutan - VQPR
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/34685313/PARO%20Bhutan%20VQPR%20Package.zip

Here's a chart for the approach...
http://www.virtualiroma.it/eventi/DANG4/VQPR.pdf


a Little news article...
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2079836/The-Himalayan-airport-dangerous-pilots-qualified-land-there.html


Here are some real videos of Paro and Drukair aircraft...









This airport is open for improvement if you want... maybe make it an ongoing project ?



Hope you enjoy...
Bishal Gurung
United Kingdom

1st May 2012
12:53:55
I have just posted better quality than above sample video. I still have few things to add and adjust in the video. I am trying to release the official PARO Promo video on Thursday or Friday.

Ian Whiteside
United Kingdom

1st May 2012
13:11:13
Thanks Bishal...
Ian Whiteside
United Kingdom

1st May 2012
14:13:25
For anyone having difficulty with the airport download please try here...

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/34685313/Paro%20Bhutan%20VQPR%20Airport.exe

I wanted to include instructions before installing... but double zipping the installer seems to cos problems sometimes..

anyone know a way round this ?

Cheers
Ian Whiteside
United Kingdom

1st May 2012
20:56:23
Please re-download and install if you downloaded on the 1st May 12, Runway was 0.3 ft beneath airport level...

Updated
Ian Whiteside
United Kingdom

2nd May 2012
12:43:04
Some people are getting Anti Virus alerts - these are being erroneously caused by the Auto Installer being an .exe file ... therefore for those not wanting to use the auto installer , I have included the old fashioned copy and paste method...

2 Methods to install:-

1) Auto Installer with instructions -
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/34685313/PARO%20Bhutan%20VQPR%20Package.zip

2) Manual Install with instructions -
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/34685313/Paro%20Manual%20Install.zip

Zack Iddo
United Kingdom

3rd May 2012
08:07:09
The A319 dont show its just a black outline
why is this ?
Ian Whiteside
United Kingdom

4th May 2012
20:34:42
Some background info -

http://www.boeing.com/commercial/aeromagazine/aero_23/737-700Bhutan.pdf
Bishal Gurung
United Kingdom

5th May 2012
23:59:54
Here's the final video for PARO.

Ian Whiteside
United Kingdom

6th May 2012
00:34:35
Brilliant Bishal, thanks
Bishal Gurung
United Kingdom

16th Nov 2012
23:45:39

Ian Whiteside
United Kingdom

28th Apr 2013
20:03:36
topical bump
Prajwal Raj
India

19th May 2013
23:52:27
Nice Job Mr. Ian....
Happy Landings ^_^



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