The Canarsie Approach Jul 12, 2020 9:34:12 GMT -5
Post by connieguy on Jul 12, 2020 9:34:12 GMT -5
Although the Canarsie approach to KJFK 13L and 13R is very well known and is mentioned on Tom's scenery page I have only recently become aware of it. I link below to an interesting article by Tony Vallillo which points out that Canarsie was a product of the needs of the jet era and did not exist prior to it. He does not give an exact date for its introduction, but on the basis of what he does say it seems unlikely to have been before 1961. I also link to discussion on the PPrune forum which shows that even today it is regarded as a significant challenge, at least by pilots doing it for the first time. I also found the statement that 13L is difficult to pick up from the surrounding scenery particularly striking because this is replicated in FS9, especially during the day when the night lighting, obviously, cannot be seen.
Unauthentic as it may be, then, it seems not unreasonable to use Canarsie in the propliner period. On Flightsim there is a file by Rick Koch which is an adaptation for FS9 of a set of Canarsie approach lights made for FSX by Hartwig Rohrbeck, and I guess that this is the file to which Tom's scenery page refers. I would be happy to be told otherwise, because I have not been able to get it to work, whether putting it in the Add-On Scenery folder as advised or in the Cal Classic KJFK scenery folder. The lights do not seem to show and I have also had CTDs which ceased when it was removed. As a result I have created my own system by placing flashing blue lights in more or less the right positions with a scenery placement program. A trial landing has shown that this works. However, the classic scenery libraries are very extensive and it is not always easy finding what you want. The blue light comes from a file named bobslights but it could be that there is something else which would be better. Thoughts on any of this welcome.
The final two sets of lights lead in to 13L. Note - there are more lights than this. As they flash a screenshot will not show those which were off when it was taken.