I’m relatively new to flying so I apologise if this is a daft question
I’m doing short trips in the Icon getting my feet wet and stopping of at airfields starting from White Waltham airfield UK.
Is there any way to identify which orientation the runway numbers are without having to do a fly by and eyeball first. Some private fields don’t have numbered grass runways and I’m a bit lost to how to properly identify them for landing.
The airport’s icon on the moving map will show the orientation of the runway - or primary runway if there are more than one at the field. If you want to plan ahead, you can also zoom in on your destination runway in the World Map and scope it out there. But in real life, if a pilot is landing at an unfamiliar and uncontrolled airport, they’ll usually do a low approach first to see if there are obstacles on the runway and to get a look at the windsock for speed and direction of the wind.
I came upon one by accident this past weekend. I planned a little random flight in rural East Arkansas and had to land in the middle of a grass field probably meant for crop dusters. I think it’s name was Bud Field or some such. I can look it up if you’d like.
I am new to msfs so am reading old messages on this forum. Hence my reason for replying.
I took off from Farnborough Airport in the UK and headed for an airfield to land at, blind, and navigated towards Goodwood, it turned out on flypast to be a very short grass runway with arrows but no number. I didn’t attempt a landing in the Cessna I was flying.
Hope that helps.