while we are eagerly waiting for more bushplanes like the PC-6 Porter (hear that XP-11!) and more dirt-strips there is already exciting stuff possible with the Caravan (sans skis for the moment…).
Here are some challenging opportunities in spectacular landscape. You land on unmarked small patches of solid ground, i.e. in fields, meadows, gravel, snow. Many are sloped.
In real life a lot of these strips had been used until the advent of hi-powered choppers.
Do a lo-level recon of the sites first to check for obstacles (bush, rocks, huts, tents crevasses, animals etc…) and then come in for some extreme STOL. MSFS’ collision algos are quite good!
You rescue climbers, limo celebrities, bring in doctors, fly out the sick, deploy monks, cram in Yaks, unload goods - the (mountain pilots) works.
Soup it up with grim wheather as you like.
All GSP-coords are from Bing-maps.
First the mighty Himalaya:
This mountain range has improved DEM-wise quite a bit recently, superb vistas in-flight.
A. Nepal Khumbu, Everest Region
Your home base is VNSB Syangboche, from there you venture out into the high valleys.
- Phortse village: field at south-facing cliff (27,843939, 86,747108, 7500ft, approach 042°)
- Ghokyo Village: snow field at the noth end of the lake (or the frozen lake itself): 27,970086, 86,758976, 15000ft, 008°
- Snow field at the end of glacier in front of Cho-Oyu (28,065521, 86,672883 , 17250ft, 352°).
Mathjis Kok - sweet memories: as far as I remember, with Aerosofts FSX-Lukla-package you had to land a Twin Otter here and rescue the crew of a crashed chopper (sic)
4.Tengboche: meadow in front of the Monastery (which looks like an office building unfortunately). (27,836025, 86,764716 , 12250ft, 214°); Savage only (!?)
5. Panboche village: field above river (27,852880, 86,790101 , 12400ft. 038°)
6. Dingboche village: bushland between the two residential areas (27,852880, 86,790101 14000ft, 345°)
Lobuche village - Oxygen Alitude Hotel: snowfield west (27,947529, 86,808687 , 16000ft, 334°)
Chol-La Climber Camp: (27,970086, 86,758976 , 17400-18000ft, 298°)
Gorak Shep Lodges: bright patch at the hotels 228° (or up the moraine, uh… 324°): (27,981206, 86,828734 , 16500ft)
on to Everest Base Camp (in reality no strip possible, bouldered to the hilt…): but because Bing has a “Mountain Resort” there MSFS dutyfully places a house (28,002659, 86,852690 , 17400ft)
to be continued:
e.g. more climber high camps in Nepal, Indian & Pakistan himalyas, Denali region, Andes etc…