Santiago Butnaru’s sixth scenery project for X-Plane ought to be releasing soon after this is posted, and as we’ve mentioned in previous “sneak peeks” at this effort, it’s a decidedly offbeat choice. Most of his earlier works have encompassed commercial facilities, and even his KTOA | Zamperini Field in Torrance, CA has a distinctly “commercial” feel about it – perhaps due to the Robinson helicopter manufacturing facilities so neatly integrated into the airport & file. That said, 2NC0 feels anything but commercial, and it may well be one of the toughest GA airports you can try in X-Plane.
There are a number of elements coming together at this airport that conspire to make a pilot’s life miserable. First, simply due to terrain (not to mention weather) the airport can be more than a little hard to find visually. Next, variable mountain weather can make your final approach feel more like a washing machine on spin cycle. Sheer drop-offs at each end of the runway – not to mention a roller coaster runway – only serve to add a little extra “spice” to the experience.
Remember this. Sometimes spicy foods are best served with antacids.
Santiago has added trees flowing in the breeze, lots of grass and weeds, and dozens of new condos perched around the runway and surrounding golf course. Club house facilities are expanded, tennis courts are now placed accurately (good VFR check points? – hah!) and the golf course simply looks daunting. Some fairways look as though they could be used for rappelling exercises!
As we’ve noted, this is a fun STOLport, but don’t forget that turbine powered aircraft such as the MU-2 operate in and out of this one too. The facts:
FAA Identifier: 2NC0
Lat/Long: 35-52-07.4080N / 082-20-30.4590W
35-52.123467N / 082-20.507650W
35.8687244 / -82.3417942
(estimated)Elevation: 4432 ft. / 1351 m
(estimated)Variation: 04W (1985)
From city: 6 miles SW of BURNSVILLE, NC
Time zone: UTC -4 (UTC -5 during Standard Time)Zip code: 28714
|Dimensions:||2900 x 50 ft. / 884 x 15 m|
|RUNWAY 14||RUNWAY 32|
Nearby radio navigation aids
|VOR radial/distance||VOR name||Freq||Var|
|SUGr355/28.0||SUGARLOAF MOUNTAIN VORTAC||112.20||02W|
|HMVr201/35.6||HOLSTON MOUNTAIN VORTAC||114.60||04W|
|ELIZABETHTON||189/27.1||275||02W||EZT||. –.. -|
|HEMLOCK||235/28.2||320||02W||BAR||-… .- .-.|
|DULANEY||125/31.1||263||04W||DYQ||-.. -.– –.-|
|FIDDLERS||293/34.0||391||07W||FIQ||..-. .. –.-|
|BROAD RIVER||014/36.3||379||04W||BRA||-… .-. .-|
|RUTHERFORD||334/36.5||344||05W||RFE||.-. ..-. .|
KAVL - Asheville Regional Airport (28 nm S)
KGCY - Greeneville-Greene County Municipal Airport (30 nm NW)
0A9 - Elizabethton Municipal Airport (31 nm N)
KFQD - Rutherford County Airport-Marchman Field (33 nm SE)
KMRN - Foothills Regional Airport (36 nm E)