Challenging Airports Sparrevohn, Alaska (PASV)

As I gear up to present the Challenging Airports feature for each issue, I embark on a research period that typically lasts a few weeks as I gather information about the airport, operations, communities served and other details that readers might find interesting. Usually this research ends up not just providing information about the target of the article but also tangential stories that lead off into new directions. When I stumbled upon the descriptions of the operations to construct, supply and sustain the remote Sparrevohn, Alaska military site, I knew I was circling the rabbit hole. Come along as we explore this Cold War relic that continues to serve in the present day.
 
The missed approach point on the RNAV procedure is half a mile from the end of the runway at 1,755ft AGL.

Flying to Sparrevohn

Flights to Sparrevohn LRRS can be accomplished in most light general aviation aircraft and large turboprops. I’m unaware of any available custom scenery but X-Plane with Ortho4XP generated tiles gives a very nice representation of the area. Default X-Plane also does feature the sloped runway, while FSX and P3D are likely to only have a level landing area but with the appropriate mountains represented. MSFS 2020 “Alpha” has a very nice representation of the airfield with gorgeous terrain and appropriate runway slope modelling. Approach charts and airport information for Sparrevohn can be found at: www.airnav.com/airport/PASV.

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