My KMUD project has not really panned out. I have to face the reality that I’m not a very good scenery designer, and KMUD hasn’t evolved into what I was hoping it could be. Therefore, I’m moving my operation to a pre-built scenery area where I can wring out planes in a more scenic environment.
The criteria was fairly straightforward:
Runway length greater than 8,000’
Both precision and non-precision approaches (ILS / RNAV / VOR-DME)
An island was preferable to keep frame rates high
Preferable near sea-level
Preferable minimal obstacles/terrain at least on the departure path
After digging around in my scenery collection. I came up with a few airports. The two that made the final cut are Oranjestad, Aruba (TNCA) and Montego Bay, Jamaica (MKJS).
Aruba has a 9,016’ runway with ILS / RNAV / VOR-DME / VOR approaches.
Montego Bay has a 8,735’ runway with ILS / RNAV / VOR-DME approaches.
Other contenders were Bonaire (TNCB), but it was axed for lack of a precision approach.
Likewise, I was interested in Bali (WADD), which boasted an NDB as well as other precision and non-precision approaches, but the nearby destinations were a bit farther away than I wanted.
I love my Twentynine Palms scenery (KTNP), but the runway is too short (5,531’) and it has no precision approaches (nor is it an island).
So in the end, it came down to Aruba and Jamaica. Here are some screens I took of the two contenders. Vote for where you think I should move…
If I’m going for a good time, Jamaica. But if I am going to live there, I’ll take the dryer climate with the trade winds always blowing, fewer hurricanes, and the beautiful beaches of Aruba. Hurricanes are no fun.
Jamaica around Montego Bay is kind of a scary area if you go outside the tourist areas. It kind of reminded me of the Western movies where there is a busy, loud saloon, and then a stranger walks through the swing doors and suddenly it gets so quiet that you could hear a in drop. Of course, Detroit can be like that too, without the sandy beaches!
I was in Aruba 3 days ago. I don’t really understand what’s being voted on but it gets my vote…for something. It’s dry, brown, flat and windy. Not particularly pretty. But it’s safe. Jamaica is the opposite. But Jamaica is a hell of a lot more interesting culturally, musically and gastronomically.