QUOTE(Aspiring Boeing + Airbus Pilot @ Jul 23 2008, 05:12 AM)
I see what you mean. I took off from Terrace Airport runway 21 in a half loaded West Jet 737-600 (POSKY). Pretty demanding, but I didn't have to use full power to get her to clear the mountains. The weather was set to building storms, which was a little nasty to fly in. I circled Terrace airport and tried to make a landing on 21 several times, but aborted due to altitude and speed. It is hard to slow down on that approach when descending over the large mountain, even with full flap, landing gear and speed-brakes. Third time lucky I managed, but hit the ground too hard, tried again and just managed to stop right on the edge of the runway, as I landed then bounced back up again - oops
It is a nice little place to practice steep approaches though, and I don't recommend flying jets there, it was hard enough with a 736.
RWY 15-33 is the main runway used in real life. The Rwy 33 approach is the least challenging. 15, depending on the weather is a little tough.
In real life I have been a pax into Terrace on a 737-200 (Canadian Airlines), BAe-146 (AirBC), Dash-8 100 and 300 (Air Canada Jazz) and Beech 1900 (Central Mountain Air). Diverted to Prince Rupert once due to weather. But those Canadian Airlines pilots were top notch. When none of the other airlines would land with smaller planes, they would get you in. The best ever experience was this one December. -10c and snowing on the ground, cross wind at 12kts and the pilot comes on the speaker and says "Ladies and gents, we are currently circling the field. We see a few openings in the clouds. Sit tight, we hope to have you on the ground in 10 minutes". Sure enough, we circle one more time for rwy. 33 and the engines just seem to cut. We decend FAST and what was just clouds now we see ground, fence, runway and we touch down.