My favorite airport (for flight sim of course)
Fees: Landing - $20.00
Op Hours: 8am-7pm (summer)
Approaches: The approach end of Catalina's runway 22 begins at the edge of a 1500' cliff. This gives the airport some characteristics similar to landing on an aircraft carrier that is 1,602' in the air.
1) There are no familiar visual cues for altitude reference. You MUST rely on your Altimeter.
2) There is usually a strong downdraft at the approach end of the runway caused by the prevailing winds falling over the 1500' cliff. Be prepared for this downdraft and possible loss of altitude during your short final.
3) The uphill slope of runway 22 can cause approach and flare problems for inexperienced pilots.
4) Most flying clubs require that on your first landing at Catalina, you are accompanied by a CFI or other pilot experienced with Catalina's features.
Departures: Approval required through UNICOM prior to takeoff (or ldg).
Pilots cannot see arcft on opposite end of rwy due to slope of rwy.
No intersection takeoffs.